Beaufort News

Rescue crew retrives stranded oysterman on Coosaw Island

A man on Coosaw Island decided to go harvest some oysters about 6 p.m. Wednesday, but got trapped offshore by the incoming tide.

"Luckily he had a cell phone and called 911," said Dick Jennings, spokesman for Beaufort County Water Search and Rescue. "We got the call and sent out a boat."

Less than an hour later, he was retrieved from the sandbar just as the water began lapping at his feet, Jennings said. The crew took him ashore at Lucy Creek Landing.