Firefighters Rescue Man Who Had Been Clinging To Tree For Over Four Hours In The Water
Beaufort/Port Royal, SC – At approximately 12:00 this afternoon, Firefighters with the City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department responded to a reported call for help in the marsh area near the Hampton Inn located at 2342 Boundary Street. Customers at the Applebee’s Restaurant heard cries for help and notified the restaurant’s employees who notified dispatch.
Firefighters arrived on scene and quickly located the patient who was clinging to a tree limb in order to stay above water. Firefighter Brett Johnson then made his way into the water, approximately 20 feet and was able to rescue the patient, who was described as an 86 year old. Once rescued, crews provided care for the patient and discovered he had been in the water for “over four hours.”
After providing care for the patient on the shore, firefighters preformed a second rescue, this time a low angle rescue to navigate an embankment that was approximately fifteen feet. Once this second rescue operation was completed, the patient was then transfered and transported by Beaufort County EMS with non-life threatening injuries. Fire Department officials tell SConFire.com that once the patient was located, it took only minutes to preform the first rescue, and only 15 minutes total to preform the second rescue operation.
The City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department, Beaufort County EMS, the City of Beaufort Police Department, and Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office responded to this call.
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