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Red Cross Supports First Responders During Search Efforts

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We were happy to help where we can

COLUMBIA, S.C., April 29, 2014 – Three American Red Cross volunteers and the Emergency Response Vehicle deployed Monday afternoon to support efforts to locate a missing family in the Congaree National Forest in lower Richland County. 

The father and his two children were reported missing Saturday, April 26 after a hike into the forest and search and rescue efforts had been ongoing since Sunday. The National Park Service contacted the Central SC Chapter seeking support in providing meals, water, and snacks to searchers and first responders.

“We were happy to help where we can,” said Kathy Tyler, a Red Cross volunteer and ERV driver. “It’s very rewarding.”
Eighty search and rescue personnel from 10 local, statewide and national agencies were on scene looking for the three missing hikers in the 27,000-acre park. The Red Cross provided 80 hot meals and 120 bottles of water along with snacks to those searching.

The family was found safe Tuesday morning and the search and rescue efforts were called off.    

“It was a relief when we received word the family had been located and were safe,” said Bill Cronin, Central SC Chapter executive director. “I couldn’t be prouder of our Red Cross volunteers who were there when needed.” 

Red Cross volunteers Kathy Tyler, Victoria Anderson and Pamela Fox responded.