A woman and three children stranded on a sandbar in the mouth of Johnson Creek between Harbor Island and Hunting Island were rescued by Lady’s Island-St. Helena Fire District rescuers on jet skis.
The woman and her children walked out to the sandbar during low tide late Sunday afternoon and became stranded about 5 p.m. when the tide came in, fire district spokesman Scott Harris said.
Harris and firefighter Hunter Sutcliffe launched jet skis near Harbor River Bridge while a fire truck set up at Johnson Creek Bridge. The family was returned to Harbor Island Beach unharmed, except for fatigue, Harris said.
Harris said people have been stranded on the sandbar many times. He urged caution on the beaches, saying currents and sandbars can create dangerous situations.
A Fripp Island Sea Rescue boat responded at the same time as the fire department, with the jet skis arriving first. The water was rough, Sea Rescue’s Dave Tindall said.
Beaufort Water Search and Rescue spokesman Dick Jennings said his group provided backup, and an offered airboat was turned down because conditions were too rough for the flat-bottomed vessel.
The Beaufort group had two boats encounter trouble while towing a disabled boat in the Coosaw River on Saturday. A crab trap got caught in the motor of one of the rescue boats and the other got bogged down in mud, Jennings said.
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