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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Scotty Craig’s life was lost in a January 2011 boating accident. On Jan. 18, his family and friends will celebrate his life with the 3rd Annual Remembering Scotty Craig Life Jacket Fundraiser & Bike Run.
The event, which will take place at the Thurmond Lake Visitor Center in Clarks Hill, helps raise boating safety awareness, according to Sandy Craig, Scotty’s widow.
“Scotty was out on a boat by himself during a lake advisory,” she said. “They found the boat capsized, his fishing equipment and his cooler was spread around it. They found his body 30 days later, because the water was so cold that they couldn’t stay underwater for a very long time. It’s a struggle daily.”
Craig started the event to help remember her husband and to help raise awareness about life jackets and safety on the water.
Since her husband’s death, Craig has collected life jackets to distribute around the CSRA.
“We’re trying to get life jackets out to different locations at the lake,” Craig said. “We collected 318 life jackets last year alone, and we expect to collect even more this year.”
The fundraiser will take place at the visitor center at Thurmond Lake, which was central to the search for Scotty. At the event there will be refreshments, including chili, a candlelight vigil and Scotty’s favorite songs will be playing.
“This event is our way of remembering Scotty and paying it forward for other people’s safety,” Craig said. “We’re going to have his favorite songs playing and we’re going to be near the water. Scotty died doing what he enjoyed doing, and we’re trying to make that connection with this event.”
The life jackets are to help keep another family from having to deal with the loss of a loved one the way Craig had to.
Craig also noted that Scotty could swim and wasn’t consuming alcohol when he passed.
The 3rd Annual Remembering Scotty Craig Life Jacket Fundraiser & Bike Run will take place on Saturday from 4 until 7 p.m. The Bike Run will begin at Pollards Corner at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Sandy Craig on Facebook at facebook.com/RememberingScottyCraig.
T.J. Lundeen is a reporter for The Star.
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