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‘What am I going to do?’: Hilton Head captain returns to dock destroyed by Hurricane Matthew

Erin Heffernan: 843-706-8142, @IPBG_Erinh

Charter boat captain Wes Chesnutt, of Southern Spots Fishing Charters, looks out at the remains of the dock at 2 Hudson Rd. on Hilton Head on Skull Creek where he works.
Charter boat captain Wes Chesnutt, of Southern Spots Fishing Charters, looks out at the remains of the dock at 2 Hudson Rd. on Hilton Head on Skull Creek where he works.

Wes Chesnutt looked out on what used to be the center of his livelihood. Almost every day he would come to the dock next to Hudson’s restaurant on Skull Creek for his job as a charter boat captain leading tourists on fishing trips.

He shook his head and looked at what was left. The dock at 2 Hudson Rd. was torn apart, with whole pieces of the walkway were piled with debris on the land next to Hudson’s. The pilings stuck up out of the water as a reminder of what used to be.

“It’s like, ‘now what?’” Chesnutt said. “What am I going to do?”

He pointed to a downed tree lying amid the debris.

“That used to be my parking space,” he said.

Chesnutt rode on a friend’s boat to get back and see the damage for himself. He put his charter boat in storage but was worried the locker with all the fishing poles he uses at his business at Southern Spots Fishing Charters would be gone.

He didn’t expect to see the dock totally destroyed.

But he did find his locker washed up onshore. And his fishing poles inside.

“At least there’s that,” he said.

Erin Heffernan: 843-706-8142, @IPBG_Erinh

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