Survey crews access many remote and dangerous areas - 843 REALTOR

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I have been a real estate agent in Myrtle Beach for about 18 years. This week my wife and I were having a date day (lunch and movie). We were driving down a wide paved road and noticed a survey truck about 75 feet off the road in the grass. Both my wife and I saw the survey person fall to the ground. I turned the car around at the next intersection and I drove over to the parked truck and approached the person on the ground and ask if they were ok. This young man was covered in muck and was confused. My wife called 911 and after talking with this young man he shared that he was bitten by a Water Moccasin. I was able to secure his survey equipment that was laying by a ditch. It appeared he fell into a 5-6 ft ditch filled with water and was able to crawl up the ditch closer to his parked truck. The ambulance arrived within 10 minutes and took the young man to the hospital. I thought it might be appropriate to post the article below. I think we can all agree these survey crews access many remote and dangerous areas.

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Snake bites are a relatively rare occurrence in Myrtle Beach, but they do happen. The most common venomous snakes in the area are copperheads, cottonmouths, and eastern diamondback rattlesnakes. These snakes are typically found in wooded areas, near water, and in coastal dunes.

According to the Palmetto Poison Center, there were an average of 245 snake bites reported in South Carolina each year between 2018 and 2020. Of those, about 100 occurred in the Myrtle Beach area. The majority of snake bites in Myrtle Beach are from copperheads, which are not as venomous as other snakes in the area. However, even a bite from a copperhead can be serious, so it is important to seek medical attention immediately if you are bitten.


Here are some tips to avoid snake bites in Myrtle Beach:

  • Be aware of your surroundings, especially when you are in wooded areas, near water, or in coastal dunes.
  • Look for signs of snakes, such as tracks, droppings, or coils of skin.
  • Avoid reaching into areas where you cannot see what is inside.
  • Use a flashlight at night to help you see snakes.
  • Wear boots and long pants when you are in areas where snakes are common.

If you are bitten by a snake, the following steps should be taken:

  • Stay calm and do not panic.
  • Wash the bite area with soap and water.
  • Apply a cold compress to the bite area.
  • Seek medical attention immediately.

Do not try to suck out the venom or cut the bite area. These actions can actually make the bite worse.

By following these tips, you can help to avoid snake bites in Myrtle Beach and stay safe during your vacation.

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning John. In this day and age you should be laude for your action. Many would just keep going. Thanks! Enjoy your day. 

Jun 26, 2023 05:48 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello John - good for you.  Kindness is an act we each can practice on a regular basis.  

Jun 26, 2023 06:05 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning John,

You are a kind and honorable man...this young man would have been in real trouble had you not turned around and helped. It's these acts of being human and helping others that should be applauded and talked about. We hear too many stories about the bad actions of people. If we read more about the good things people do we'd be more likely to replicate these acts of kindness for our fellow human beings. Thank you for being you.

Jun 26, 2023 07:31 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

Jun 27, 2023 07:03 AM