Berkeley County Rescue Squad holds annual catfish tournament this weekend

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WBCD) — Saturday looks like it will be a great day to be out on the water in the Lowcountry. Lots of boaters will be trying to catch the biggest catfish they can on the Tail Race Canal.

The 23rd Annual Moncks Corner Medical Center Family Open Catfish Tournament takes place on the Tail Race Canal. The tournament is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Berkeley County Rescue Squad.

Assistant Chief Darnell Hartwell says members help in multiple ways. “Water rescue, water recovery, extrication and land searches. It is very important to the citizens of Berkeley County to have a rescue squad such as ourself with the massive lake and the river that we have in Berkeley County.”

The tournament takes place at the Williams boat landing, just across the Tail Race Canal from Gilligan’s restaurant.

Moncks Corner Police Chief Rick Ollic says the squad fills a critical need. “It’s one of the greatest all volunteer established organizations in Berkeley County. They have been there many times, when we’ve had a missing person or water rescue that were necessary, when we didn’t have a marine patrol at the sheriffs office.”

He said even in tragedy, the all volunteer rescue squad is a big help. “One of our most tragic incident was several years ago, a double homicide with two females that were missing. They were very instrumental in helping us bring out teams of dogs, horses, horseback and even by foot whatever was necessary to be able to locate those loved ones that were missing.”

Even if you don’t catfish, you can stop by and see some massive fish and join the raffle drawing where lots of great prizes will be awarded during the weigh in which begins at 3pm Saturday afternoon.

Hartwell says, “A lot of times people go out there and they find theirselves in trouble. With the rescue squad, along with other agencies, we provide assistance to get those people back to their families safely.”

The Moncks Corner Medical Center Family Open Catfish Tournament kicks off Saturday morning (4/30/16) at seven. Boaters can arrive as early as five.

There will be many prizes awarded for large fish. The biggest fish wins $1,000. Boat registration is $90, which benefits the rescue squad.

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