Beaufort/Port Royal Engine Stuck In Sinkhole

Engine 3 after dropping 18″ into a sinkhole. – Beaufort/Port Royal FD Facebook Photo

Beaufort County, SC – Engine Company 3 with the City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department found themselves in a tricky situation. At around 530pm after stopping at a Parker’s Gas Station on the way back to quarters for a cold beverage during South Carolina’s hottest month of the year, the engine dropped into what was best described as a sinkhole. The 18″ drop immobilized the engine and required a heavy rescue tow truck. No injuries were reported and a reserve engine was placed in service to avoid any disruptions in coverage while the engine was pulled out of the sinkhole. South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating. There was no word at the time of this writing as to the extent of damage to the engine, if any.

Beaufort/Port Royal FD Facebook Photo
Beaufort/Port Royal FD Facebook Photo
Beaufort/Port Royal FD Facebook Photo

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Editor and Photojournalist for SConFire.com. Currently employed by the Department of Defense as a Firefighter/EMT. Past North Charleston Fire Department and Whitesville Fire Department. Colt is also the owner of 3 House Photography where his work that doesn't go to SConFire.com is published. Colt uses Canon gear and is currently shooting with 5D Mkiii and 6D cameras along with the 24-105 F4L, 70-200 2.8L IS ii, and 14 2.8L ii Canon lenses along with the Sigma 50 1.4 Art and 150-600 Sport lenses. Colt also uses a 360Fly HD 360 camera to capture events as they unfold.