“If he did die, he died doing what he loved,” family of missing angler speaks out

Baldwin County

SILVERHILL, Ala. (WKRG) — There is still one person missing from a shrimping boat that capsized Friday: Anthony Conway.

Authorities say three people were on the boat, that went under in the Mobile Bay near Fort Morgan. The captain survived. The body of a second crew member was recovered later that afternoon. Still no sign of Conway.

His family, imaginably, is devastated.

As we spoke with them Monday afternoon, three days after the incident, they remembered texting and calling him with Happy Thanksgiving messages. They say Conway, of Silverhill, was on the boat for most of the week.

“And if I would have known that would have been my last conversation with him,” his daughter Erica Absher said, through tears. ” I would have sparked up a conversation so fast, because that man knew how to talk.”

The family says everyone knows Conway as “Big Fish,” and his son, also named Anthony, as “Little Fish.”

Conway sent the 19-year-old the following text message at 4:15 a.m. Friday. That’s right around the time authorities believe the boat went down.

“Love you son, I just want the best for you buddy and maybe I try too hard to protect you I’ve got to learn to let go and let GOD and it’s not easy so please forgive me for saying things that I don’t mean because you’re my on;y son and I love you more than you know,” the message reads.

A Go Fund Me has been set up for the family.

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