Lady's Island UPS driver dives into marsh to rescue children, unconscious driver

emoody@beaufortgazette.comJuly 26, 2012 

A UPS driver on his Lady's Island-St. Helena Island route Wednesday delivered more than packages.

He also delivered five children to safety from a wrecked car that was partially submerged in a marsh near Harbor Island and revived the unconscious driver.

"The Lord just put me in the right place at the right time, I'm guessing," said Eric Logan, 44, of Lady's Island.

Lady's Island/St. Helena Fire Department spokesman Lee Levesque didn't have many details on the accident, except that it occurred at about 5 p.m. near the causeway by the Harbor Island Bridge. A vehicle drove into the marsh, and Logan pulled the children to safety, Levesque said.

Logan was driving his UPS truck a few hundred yards behind the car when the driver lost control.

"The car just swerved to the left a bit, and then it did a beeline back to the right between Harbor Island Bridge and the Shrimp Shack," Logan said. "And the car just went airborne and hit the mud."

Despite being in the middle of his route, Logan stopped, jumped out and saw the driver slumped over the steering wheel. A female passenger was screaming that he might have had a heart attack. Five children were in the back.

"I got the children out of the car first, to make sure they were OK, and carried a couple in my arms, a couple on my back, just to get them up out of the mud," he said.

The children appeared to be between 6 and 12 years old. Logan said he tried to warn the oldest one before the child jumped into the mud and sank to his waist.

"I had to pull him out; it sounded like a suction cup," he said.

Harbor Island security arrived and tended to the children, so Logan waded back into the mud to the couple still inside the half-submerged car.

"The guy was unresponsive," Logan said. "I couldn't really do compressions on him, but I did kind of hit him in the chest one time, and he coughed; so I just did CPR on him, and he became coherent and awake."

Logan didn't get the name of the family he rescued, so he said he stopped by the fire department Thursday and was told they had checked out of the hospital. The family was on vacation and had headed back home. They were all OK, he was told.

After the family was safe with EMS responders, firefighters and the security officers, Logan, a 26-year UPS employee, got back into his vehicle and finished his route.

"I was pluff-mud stinking for the rest of my route," he said. "I told (the family), 'Welcome to South Carolina, that's what we call pluff mud.' "

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