Would you pull over and jump into the marsh to save a family of strangers? Eric Logan did. What a nice guy. Pluff mud is found in marshes. It is stinky and sinky. You don’t step ON pluff mud, you step IN it.
Lowcountry UPS Driver Saves Stranded Family
Holly Bounds | WSAV News 3 | July 27, 2012
After 26 years on the job, a St. Helena UPS driver is used to customers saying he saved the day after he pulls up with their packages. But Wednesday’s route brought a different kind of relief to a family thankful to see him.
Eric Logan says summertime is like mini-Christmas for him on St. Helena Island, so there’s no time for dilly-dallying. But when he saw trouble on the highway Wednesday, instinct told him it was worth the 32 minutes he chose to clock out.
What some may call out of the way, Eric Logan has grown to love. Six years on the St. Helena to Fripp Island UPS route — there’s something that makes him want to stay there.
“I get to stay around the water, the rivers, the fishermen. I’ll be retiring on this route, it looks like,” Logan said.
But with tourist season is at its height, these days he’s in high demand. It’s a delivery guy’s taste of Christmas in July. Still, he finds a way to keep up.
“I try to look out for them and give them the best service I can without compromising safety,” Logan said.
But service and safety turned into a rush-order Wednesday, with a carload of customers not on the schedule.
“I was coming over the bridge and there was a vehicle about 200-300 yards in front of me, they weaved over to the left hand side of the road then shot off to the right, and just kind of went airborne out into the causeway into the pluff mud,” Logan said.
Talk about priority, Logan knew what he had to do. He secured his truck, then headed out into the mud himself, rescuing those trapped inside.
“Well, my heart racing 100 miles an hour but I saw some of the smaller children. I was able to carry some of those in my arms and one on my back the first trip, and then there was an older boy maybe 12 or so, and I was trying to warn him not to jump because he was in the mud but he jumped anyway and he sank. I had to pull him out,” Logan said.
The news of the ordeal spread as fast as a free shipping special.
“I was here at work and people were talking about this family that had gotten stuck and someone stopped and saved them,” Madison Logan said.
Surprised but not shocked, Madison came home to learn that savior to the strangers was her dad.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that if anybody was in trouble, he’d be the first to save them because that’s the kind of person he is,” she said.
Eric assured me all packages made it to their destinations Wednesday. After EMT and firefighters arrived, he hopped right back into his truck and went about his route. He said he just had to apologize the rest of the day since he was covered in pluff mud.
As for the family, they went to the hospital, checked out, and have returned home after vacation.
Eric hopes this episode doesn’t keep them from coming back to visit.