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Those Lost at Sea remembered in Murrells Inlet

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MURRELLS INLET, S.C. (WBTW) -

In Murrells Inlet Sunday, family and friends gathered at Morse Park Landing to remember their loved ones lost at sea.

As the names of those lost at sea were read, Lisa Hutchison sat and remembered her son Kurtis Hutchison.

Kurtis's name was added to the monument this year after a boating accident killed the 26-year-old on Bird Island last April.

"We haven't found the body so what little remains that they have we took to Pennsylvania and had a little plot next to his grandmother, the rest is out at sea and now I get to come here and since I live here I'll be able to come and see my son," said Hutchison.

That's what Brenda Brown and her family hoped for when they created the monument to pay tribute to her son Johnny and others lost at sea. In 2005, the 38-year-old commercial fisherman's boat went down during a storm.

"My son in law said he looked out the window and saw a wave coming at them and within seconds it hit them and literally demolished the upper part of the boat where they were and flipped the poll upside down. My son in law found debris and was able to pull himself up on and he stayed there, wrapped himself with a bungee cord that happened to be on it and the other guy managed to find the life raft and he inflated it and got in it but they never found Johnny," said Brown.

Brown said his memory now stands in the perfect spot, looking to the inlet where boats come in and out to cast a line.

"He was the most loving person you ever met he never came or left without giving you the I love you sign in fact we have it on the monument and on one of the benches and the last thing I ever saw or heard from him was the day he went to go on that last trip he was standing besides the car and he said I love you," said Brown.

Kurtis Hutchinson was the only name added to the list this year.

Now, there are 30 names of those lost at sea on the monument at Morse Park Landing.

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