Tragedy strikes local campers on Hunting Island. Here's How To Help.

When tragedy strikes in our Beaufort, SC community, neighbors, friends and strangers step up to make a difference for the family. This is just one of the things that makes small communities like ours so special.

On the morning of March 26, Beaufort residents Ralph and Sabre Fermin were involved in a horrific accident while cooking breakfast at their campsite at Hunting Island State Park Campground.

According to family, a spark ignited a gas leak inside the camper causing a large exposion, blowing out all of the windows. Ralph managed to get Sabra, who was covered in flames from head to toe, out of the camper. Ralphs quick thinking saved her life, and he helped put out the flames by getting her to the ground and covering her body.

Both Ralph and Sabre are currently at MUSC in Charleston, SC receiving extensive medical care for their burns. Sabra is in ICU with second and third degree burns on 41% of her body, and Ralph has second degree burns on 14% of his body.

Ralph and Sabre Fermin, Beaufort SC
Ralph and Sabre Fermin, Beaufort SC

Ralph is a Marine veteran. Both of the Fermins were raised in Beaufort, SC and still call it home. Gratitude is also due to their fellow campers, Lady’s Island Fire Department, and Beaufort County Sheriffs Department.

There will be a long road to recovery filled with many surgeries and lots of medical expenses. Anyone looking to help can donate to their GoFundMe page.



Article written by Amanda Steinhauser.
Photo courtesy of Dixie Lanier.