The Lady Mary Tragedy, One Year Later

It's been a year since four men from Eastern Carolina drowned when their scallop boat sank off the New Jersey coast.

Now one of the family members is looking to honor the men by giving back to their hometown.

Family members plan to hold a drive for the small community this Saturday to commemorate the anniversary of the tragedy.

The event will honor Roy Smith Junior, Timothy Smith, Tarzan Smith, and Frankie Credle.

The four drown a year ago after Coast Guard Officials say their boat sank off the coast of New Jersey.

The four were scallop fishermen.

The event will include several activities and opportunities to donate to the Clyde and Mary Smith Scholarship Foundation.

Proceeds will go to habitat for humanity and will help build a home for one of their mesic neighbors whose home burned down years ago.

Family members say future donations will go towards scholarships for children and to help non-profit organizations in the area.

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The Lady Mary sank on March 24, 2009. Brothers Roy and Timothy Smith of Mesic in Pamlico county were killed, along with their uncle Tarzan Smith and cousin, Frankie Credle.

Only one of the seven people on board survived what's considered one of the nation's worst commercial fishing accidents.

Officials say bad weather closed in on the area just before the boat sank.

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  • by Jacqui Gibbs Location: Laurel, Maryland on Mar 26, 2010 at 07:01 AM
    My father was a commercial fisherman, and yes it is a love for the job. Timothy and Roy Jr were my cousins and I can't be there this weekend, but my mother and brother will surely attend to support their mother, Hazel, my dad's niece. God bless you Hazel and I love you.
  • by tug Location: New Bern on Mar 24, 2010 at 08:55 PM
    My job is on a tugboat (I used to fish)and I was in the area when this happened. Weather was pretty bad. The next time you sit down and enjoy your shrimp and scallop dinner or Mahi Mahi or other seafood, remember the risks thousands of men take everyday to bring it to your table. They do it because they love it. There's no better job in the world than working on the water. I went to school with the brothers and they were "Good People". God Bless them and their families. They are missed

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