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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