A Murrells Inlet fisherman, who was pulled from the Atlantic Ocean by a nearby shrimp boat when his vessel capsized, became a new father Friday. And just as he promised, Adam Wiseman named his son, Andrew, after the crew that saved his life.
“Baby Andrew made his entrance today weighing 10 pounds, 3 ounces,” Wiseman said on Friday. “True to my word (I) named (him) after a shrimp boat!”
Wiseman was fishing with his friend, Troy Cooper, in the Atlantic Ocean near the North Santee Bay on the morning of Sept. 10 when an ice box caused his boat’s weight to shift. The boat flipped. And within seconds, Wiseman was in the water along with a school of hungry sharks and the 300 pounds of jellyfish they had on board their craft before it capsized.
Wiseman and Cooper didn’t have time to call for help, but the Captain Andrew – Georgetown’s oldest wooden hull shrimp boat, still in service after 48 years – was shrimping nearby when Wiseman’s boat went under. Crew members saw Wiseman swimming for a floating ice box and set out to save the sinking vessel and its men.
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The crew pulled Wiseman and Cooper onboard and then dove into the shark- and jellyfish-filled waters to save the boat.
It was the greatest catch of the day.
“The crew of Captain Andrew did a great job of saving myself and Troy,” Wiseman said.
“I’m lucky to be here,” he said, as Andrew tested his lungs out and gave a little cry in the hospital room. Wiseman had promised to name his newborn son after the crew that saved the lives of him and his friend. And so he did.
Baby Andrew came into the world at 7:41 a.m. on Friday. Ten fingers. Ten toes. Big smiles on a lot of faces.
The Captain Andrew was captained and is owned by Larry Owens, who helped save the day and secure that Wiseman could be there for an even bigger day along with crew members Jake Wall, Jody Owen and Trey Jordan.