The man in Beaufort who got stuck in pluff mud last week may think it sucks.
And it does. He got sucked in up to his belly button by the Lowcountry ooze when he went into the marsh to get his dog. If an 8-year-old girl had not heard his cries for help, Beaufort/Port Royal Fire Department and Beaufort Water Search and Rescue squad members may not have pulled him out before the tide came in.
This happens a lot. Three to five times a year, volunteers with the search and rescue squad act as the hand of God in the mud vs. man trauma.
And it’s not always man.
One of Walter Gay’s horses that was used for carriage tours through downtown Beaufort almost gave up the ghost in the marshes of St. Helena Island. Old Doc, a 2,000-pound beast with two blue eyes, got himself so stuck it the pluff mud that it took a fire hose and almost 20 people more than an hour of coordinated “Pulls!” to free him.