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