Firefighters rescue boy stuck in Port Royal tree

info@islandpacket.comDecember 12, 2013 

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Firefighters rescued a 7-year-old Port Royal boy from a tree Wednesday after he climbed 30 feet but was unable to climb back down, according to a news release from the Beaufort-Port Royal Fire Department.

Firefighters were called at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to a tree on 12th Street, near Port Royal Elementary School, to help the boy. He tried to climb down on his own but was thwarted by darkness and brittle branches, which broke as he tried to climb down, the release said.

"We get calls about cats stuck way up in trees, but we don't hear about boys stuck that high up," Beaufort Fire Chief Sammy Negron said in a statement. "The boy was scared, but he stayed calm, which is what helped this story end on a happy note."

Firefighters were on the way to the scene when dispatchers told them a branch under the boy's feet had broken, but he was still safe, the release said.

A firefighter climbed a 24-foot extension ladder secured to the tree to talk to the boy to make sure he was calm, Capt. John Robinson said.

Using a 35-foot extension ladder and a webbing harness, the department was able to bring the boy back to the ground safely, he said.

The boy was uninjured and returned to his family.

The Burton Fire District and Beaufort County EMS also responded to the emergency call, the release said.

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