Recovery Team remains Hopeful on Chattooga River

As fatigue and disappointment start to set in, responders remain resolute in their efforts to return Thomas Hill home to his wife and children.  “Some people have been supporting this effort for more than a week, sometimes as many as 16 hours a day, so of course they’re tired,” said Incident Commander Scott Loftis. “But that doesn’t lessen our determination to do the right thing for the family, every day.” Although the swiftwater recovery team changes from day to day to ensure safety, many members of the Incident Command Team and other agency personnel have been supporting those teams daily. “When a tragedy like this occurs, we all pull together,” said Loftis. “It takes us away from our families, but we become our own kind of family. We couldn’t do this without each other.” Community support is equally important. On Thursday night, the Long Creek Baptist Church will hold a prayer vigil at 7pm. The church is located at 151 Academy Road, Long Creek S.C. 29678. All are welcome.