No major injuries reported after dock collapse on Folly Beach

Emergency crews respond to dock collapse on Folly Beach
Source: Mikee Rawlings
Source: Mikee Rawlings
Source: Mikee Rawlings
Source: Mikee Rawlings

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say there were no major injuries after a dock collapse on Folly Beach Wednesday evening.

Officials with the Folly Beach Police Department say the incident happened at Crosby's Fish and Shrimp on Folly Road.

A spokesperson for Crosby's said more than 20 patrons fell in the water after a 20-foot section of the fishing pier collapsed during a private party.

"As of 8:30 p.m., only two guests have reported minor injuries," said Ellen Schmedinghoff, a spokesperson for Crosby's."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."

According to Schmedingoff, everyone who fell into the water visited the hospital as a precautionary measure, and all were in good health.

A woman at the restaurant said the people who went into the water were part of an out-of-town financial group out at the business for one of their nightly outings.

Laurie Bergman said she was standing near the dock when the collapse occurred

"There were just obviously too many people out on the dock, is what I was assuming," Bergman said."All of a sudden you just heard the dock start to crack."

Bergman said people were walking on the dock looking at the sunset when the dock "just fell away."

According to Bergman, all the people who went into the water came away with scrapes and no major injuries.

Authorities say divers and boats were in the area late Wednesday night surveying the deck and checking for debris.

EMS personnel were also seen helping several people dry up using blankets.

The owner of the business said he is glad everyone is okay.

A spokesperson for Crosby's said the business will open on Friday, but the fishing pier will remain closed.

"The dock at Crosby's is inspected regularly, but insurance adjusters and their local teams are scheduled to inspect the dock in the immediate future," Schmedinghoff said on Thursday.

A spokesperson for Crosby's released the following statement Wednesday night:

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. Over twenty patrons fell in the water.  Prior to the arrival of emergency assistance, local fisherman who typically rent boat slips assisted with rescue. As of 8:30pm, only two guests have 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.

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