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Man critical after 2 rattlesnake bites while kayaking

C.A.R.E. Flight taking an Anderson man to MUSC after being struck by a rattlesnake twice

EDISTO RIVER, S.C. (WCIV) — 28-year-old Anderson man is in critical condition after being bitten by a rattlesnake Saturday morning.

According to officials, the victim was bitten twice in the hand when he and some friends were kayaking on the Edisto River and the snake dropped from a tree.

Officials say paramedics got to the scene within 12 minutes and transported the man to Colleton Medical Center. This is when officials say the 28-year-old’s condition greatly deteriorated.

Paramedics say after they took the man to Colleton Medical Center, where they had anti-venom on hand, he was then flown by the C.A.R.E. Flight helicopter to MUSC Sunday morning.

ABC News 4 is working to get the latest information on the victim.

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