A family friend of an elderly man who crashed into a Beaufort County canal is being credited with rescuing him.
Eighty-one year-old Clarence Beachum was rescued from the water by close friend Billy Braddy before crews were able to arrive.
Beachum had been visiting Braddy before the accident. Braddy says he knew something wasn't right and followed his friend home.
Troopers say Beachum's car came to rest in the canal off Turkey Trot Number One. Braddy described the rescue, saying, "I told him to put his hands around my neck and he actually stuck his fingernails in my neck and that's fine and great, but that's the way he held on. I was afraid that if he held onto my waist that he would slip down.
Beachum's family believes he blacked out due to complications with a new heart medicine. Beachum is recovering at PCMH.
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