Crime & Public Safety

Man rescued from Hunting Island sandbar after tide came in, fire officials say.

Find yourself stuck in pluff mud? This is how you get out

Craig Reeves, owner of Sea Eagle Market, and Bryce Hill, a commercial fisherman who works for him, explain and demonstrate how to safely get yourself out if you find yourself stuck in pluff mud on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at The Sands in Port Roya
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Craig Reeves, owner of Sea Eagle Market, and Bryce Hill, a commercial fisherman who works for him, explain and demonstrate how to safely get yourself out if you find yourself stuck in pluff mud on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at The Sands in Port Roya

A 29-year-old man was taking pictures of birds on a sandbar off Hunting Island Sunday morning when he realized the tide had come in behind him, Scott Harris, spokesman for Lady’s Island-St. Helena Fire District, said.

The fire department responded to the water emergency after a 911 call at 9:15 a.m., he said.

Harris said the tide was coming in rapidly.

A Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office deputy — first on scene — was unable to reach the stranded man via a four-wheeler because the water was already too high.

A Fripp Island firefighter, Todd Weatherford, was the first to reach the man with the use of a Jet Ski, Harris said.

The man was brought back to shore safely.

No one was injured, and the man was not transported to the hospital, he said.

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