SOUTH CAROLINA - Update: The family of the man who was bitten by a rattlesnake in South Carolina Sunday has admitted the original story isn't accurate.
The man has been identified as Michael Adams and his family is now saying Adams picked up the snake with his bare hands, according to The State.
Adams' family members originally told Colleton County Fire and Rescue the snake had fallen from a tree.
A man who was kayaking with his friends Sunday got a nasty surprise when a rattlesnake fell from a tree and attacked him.
The man, 28, was kayaking on the Edisto River in South Carolina when the snake fell on him and bit his hand twice.
Colleton County Fire and Rescue were able to get to the man 12 minutes after receiving a distress call from the kayakers, according to Collation County Fire Chief Barry McRoy.
During the ambulance ride, the man "was in bad shape, and greatly deteriorated," McCroy said, adding that the man's ailments included lots of swelling and airway problems, The State newspaper reported.
The kayaker’s friends were able to capture the snake which McRoy estimated was between 18 to 24 inches long.
The man is still in critical condition following the incident, according to a report by ABC.
Copyright 2018 by KSAT - All rights reserved.