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Boy rescued from tree in Port Royal

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A boy was rescued by Beaufort-Port Royal firefighters after getting stuck in a tree. (Source: John C. Williams) A boy was rescued by Beaufort-Port Royal firefighters after getting stuck in a tree. (Source: John C. Williams)
PORT ROYAL, SC (WTOC) -

Beaufort-Port Royal firefighters rescued a 7-year-old boy who had become stuck 30 feet up after climbing up a tree at sunset on Wednesday.

He could not navigate his way down in the dark and branches started breaking, according to the Beaufort Fire Dept.

Dispatchers received a call at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday about the boy who was stuck in a tree on 12th Street in Port Royal near the Port Royal Elementary School.

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

The Beaufort-Port Royal firefighters requested backup from Beaufort County EMS and the Burton Fire District. The Tower 2 ladder truck and several extension ladders were brought in for the rescue.

 "While we were rolling to the scene, Dispatch received another call that the branch the boy was standing on had just broken, but that he was OK," said Beaufort Fire Capt. John Robinson in a statement. "When we got there, we put up a 24-foot extension ladder and secured that to the tree. We had a firefighter go up and talk to the boy to tell him what we were doing and that everything would be all right.

The rescue involved using a 35-foot extension ladder. They also used a "webbing harness" to bring the boy down.

Robinson said the tree trunk was small and had limbs with a lot of dead wood, according to the news release.

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