Coast Guardsman, others save driver from fiery wreck

A Coast Guardsman and other passersby saved a man early Saturday from a fiery wreck.

A life was saved Saturday morning from a fiery wreck thanks to a Coast Guardsman and other passersby in Charleston.

Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Pettett was headed to work around 2:30 a.m. when he saw something glowing on the side of the road on S.C. Highway 61, according to a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard.

The source of the light was a minivan that had caught fire after driving off of the road and crashing into a tree, the release said.

Pettett stopped his vehicle and attempted to rescue the minivan’s driver. He managed to do so with the help of two others who also stopped to help, according to the release.

Pettett then administered first aid until paramedics arrived at the scene, the release said.

“When I arrived on scene, it was my duty as a Coast Guardsman, and as a person, to render assistance and make notifications to emergency response personnel,” Pettett is quoted in the release as saying. “Nobody is a bystander to an accident when you are the first on scene. You become the first responder.”

The driver’s condition was not known Saturday.

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