FOLLY BEACH, SC – A 20 foot section of the dock at Crosby’s Fish and Shrimp located at 2223 Folly Road in Charleston collapsed Wednesday night.
Just before 6:30pm, the seafood market was holding a special event and people were out on the dock watching the sunset. Witnesses said the dock started to sink into the water.
Melany Robinson is the spokesperson for the Crosby family, and on Wednesday night, she explained how a private event ended with some people in fear. “Patrons fell into the water,” said Robinson. “A 20 foot section of the fishing pier at Crosby’s Fish and Shrimp on Folly Road collapsed during a private party.”
Charleston Rescue crews searched the water for hours making sure everyone was accounted for.
Robinson explained, “Prior to the arrival of emergency assistance, local fisherman who typically rent boat slips, assisted with the rescue.”
Authorities said they did not have a count on how many people went into the water, but initial first responders told News 2 it was anywhere between 10 and 15.
Officials with the James Island Public Service District Fire Department tell News 2 that within minutes a Good Samaritan was driving by on his boat and started pulling people out of the water.
Jason Moore of the James Island Public Service District Fire Department said, “Charleston County EMS did not transport anybody to the hospital from the scene. Someone did take it upon themselves to bring a bus and recommended that everybody go to the hospital; but Charleston county ems did not make that recommendation.”
“As of 8:30 pm only two guests reported minor scrapes,” said Robinson.
Right now authorities from Charleston County say they do not know what caused the dock to collapse.
Chairman of Charleston County Council, Elliott Summey, said, “You know with all these ‘king tides’ and these crazy water events we’ve had, I think there’s probably going to be a need all over Charleston County to check the structural integrity of docks. Whatever the county can do to assist in that process we sure will be.”
The company issued this statement on its Facebook page:
At approximately 6:30pm on Wednesday, October 28th, a 20-foot section of the fishing pier at Crosby’s Fish and Shrimp on Folly Road collapsed during a private party coordinated by a Charleston-based event planning company. Prior to the arrival of emergency assistance, local fisherman who typically rent boat slips assisted with rescue. As of 8:30pm, only two guests reported minor scrapes. At this time, the Crosby family is unsure what caused the collapse. Many events are held on this dock. Both the dock and the pilings are regularly inspected.
The Crosby Family is working closely with emergency crews. Crosby’s will be closed for business on Thursday, October 29th, as they work with local authorities. The Crosby family has owned and operated the fishing pier since 1974, and is deeply upset by this accident.
Crosby’s Fish and Shrimp at 2223 Folly Road is a local seafood retailer, a shrimp boat dock, and fishing pier. It operates as a special event venue in the evenings, and is owned and operated by sisters Ellie Crosby Berry and Joanie Crosby Cooksey.