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I also knew Scott for almost 40 years and to be around him was a pleasure. He was the type of friend that when you saw him coming he would put a smile on your face. I fished with Scott in both rivers, waterway and the ocean - whether in his boats or mine. Safety was our #1 priority. We spent many hrs. maintaining our boats and trailers. "Spring Run" was kept in top-notch shape. Scott knew the condition of every inch of that boat. He always listened to the marine weather channel the night before, morning of and during the day of any fishing trip. Many times our offshore trips were cancelled by bad weather before we left. He was always watching the sky while we fished. I have been on the waterway with him and he'd say "we need to pull up everything - a storm is coming". We might be only a mile from home. Most fishermen that I know and have seen on the water do not wear PFD's at all times. Most Type I PFD's are cumbersome, rough on your neck and hot. Ski vests are also hot. The newer, more expensive inflatable vests are showing up more often but are they worn more? possibly. It has always been the fisherman's option to wear a PFD. Some of these articles have been written in hindsight. Capt. Brant McMullan talks in his article on June 26 about this exceptional fast moving storm and how most other capt's had never seen anything like it. I talked to him Tuesday after Scott's funeral when he and Capt. Roger were kind enough to take the family out to Lighthouse Rock for a memorial. As we talked he wondered if maybe a waterspout formed around them. It is a miracle that many other boats were not capsized and thank God that Charles and John survived this tragedy. Scott Hewett loved and respected the ocean. To be with Scott Hewett aboard the Spring Run heading out of Shallotte Inlet or Lockwood Folly Inlet for another fishing adventure was a true pleasure. I never worried as I was in very capable hands with a Capt. that had grown up on those waters. I can still see him smiling and often saying how much he loved it. The only thing he loved more was his family and friends. We all have truly lost a great friend and family man.


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