South Carolina man bitten 3 times by rattlesnake after picking it up

Update: The family of the South Carolina man who was bitten by a rattlesnake while kayaking has admitted that their original story was not accurate, according to WHNS.

Family members say the snake did not fall from a tree. Michael Adams picked the snake up before it bit him.

Prior story

COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. — A South Carolina man is in critical condition after he was bitten three times by a rattlesnake that fell onto him while he was kayaking, according to WHNS.

Michael Adams was kayaking on the Edisto River with his family on Saturday when the snake dropped from the tree above him and bit him three times on the hand.

Adams’ family captured the snake and traveled to a nearby landing where they called 911, WCSC reports.

“Medic 26 arrived about 12 minutes later and began treating the man,” Colleton County Fire and Rescue officials said. “Colleton Medical Center was contacted and had anti-venom available.”

Adams, who is an army veteran, is currently on breathing machines but is expected to make a full recovery.