Shrimpers Association making donation to Fripp Island Sea Rescue in memory of late shrimper

mmcnab@beaufortgazette.comNovember 13, 2013 

The S.C. Shrimpers Association will make a donation to Fripp Island Sea Rescue to honor a shrimper who died Oct. 18 and thank the rescue squad for its work.

Association president Mark Smith said the group will donate $500 to the rescue group in memory of shrimper Kerry Abraham. Abraham was a former president of the association and had been a friend of Smith since childhood.

Abraham died Oct. 18 of an aortic dissection, a tear in the aorta artery in the heart, his wife, Kathy, said.

Fripp Island Sea Rescue handled the distress call involving Abraham after the crew of a fishing boat found him unconscious in the wheelhouse of his shrimp boat, the Miss Kathy, according to rescue squad executive officer Cliff Spann.

Smith said the donation was made to thank Fripp Island Sea Rescue for handling that call, as well all other emergency calls.

"They're always helping shrimpers," Smith said. "We wanted to help them and thank them for their service."

Three rescue squad members boarded Abraham's boat at about 10:30 a.m. near Hunting Island. Spann, one of the three squad members who responded, said they began performing CPR on Abraham after reaching his boat.

The three squad members continued to work on Abraham until meeting EMS workers at Butch's Island Landing on St. Helena Island. Abraham never regained consciousness, Spann said.

The boat used in the emergency call was owned by one of the rescue squad members because the group's 22-foot boat had a blown engine, Spann said.

Spann said the boat is expected to be operating in the next few days.

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