CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Three Horry County detention officers are being called heroes after rescuing a woman who was sucked into a drainage pipe underneath a roadway in Conway Sunday.
"Thank you so much for saving my life...if you weren't there i never would have made it," Amber Lloyd said upon meeting the men she now calls heroes.
At about 5:30 p.m., officers Donnell Hargrove and Jake Thompkins were on their way into work when they stopped on Harris Shortcut Road in Conway to aid in the rescue of 27-year-old Amber Lloyd, according to a news release from the Horry County Sheriff's Office. Lieutenant Scott Bower, who was also off-duty, saw the two officers and stopped to assist.
Lloyd and her boyfriend had been walking down the road taking pictures of the flooding when the boyfriend slipped and fell in a drainage ditch, the release states. While Lloyd was trying to help him, she was caught in fast-moving water and sucked underneath the roadway, through a drainage pipe.
The officers tried to reach Lloyd from the side where she went under, but were unable to reach her, the release states. The officers went to the other side of the pipe, thinking she may come through the other end with the flowing water. The officers found her partially submerged, facing down in the water, and pulled her out.
Lloyd was bluish purple with no sign of life, the release states. She had been underwater for two to three minutes. The officers administered CPR and continued until her lips and eyes showed signs of movement. She was carried to Lt. Bower's pick-up truck and driven away to meet an ambulance and other rescue workers who were unable to get to the scene directly because vehicles were blocking the road.
Lloyd was taken to Conway Hospital where she received treatment, and was released Tuesday.
Facebook video of Amber Lloyd thanking her friends and family from the critical care unit at Conway Hospital. Click here to watch on Facebook.
Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson is happy to know Lloyd is doing well, and is proud of the quick reaction of his officers in rescuing her and helping to save her life.
"We don't have specialized training on ditch rescues obviously but they reacted to the situation," Thompson said. They used the skills they had been trained with...and just good judgement on what to do in these kinds of situations."