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Neighbors try to save woman after she drives her car into the Waccamaw River

HCFR crews are searching around Lee's Landing. Source: Michael Walter HCFR crews are searching around Lee's Landing. Source: Michael Walter
HCFR crews are searching around Lee's Landing. Source: Michael Walter HCFR crews are searching around Lee's Landing. Source: Michael Walter
HCFR crews are searching around Lee's Landing. Source: Michael Walter HCFR crews are searching around Lee's Landing. Source: Michael Walter

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Neighbors living near Lee's Landing tried to save a woman after she drove her car off the landing and into the Waccamaw River Monday night.

Horry County Fire Rescue responded to the 911 call regarding a woman and a car in the Waccamaw River around 9:30 p.m. Monday night.

The car was found at about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday with a female body inside, according to Mark Bonner with Horry County Police. The Horry County Coroner's Office identified her as 66-year-old Donna Anderson, of the Conway area. The cause of death was determined to be drowning.

Neighbors say this all started when one neighbor saw what happened and started banging on neighbors' doors for help.

“He was hollering for our neighbor and he seemed really distraught and that kind of concerned me. I started running down the road and then I heard the sirens,” Ashley McDowell said.

McDowell says being a nurse, her natural reaction was to try to help, and once she got to the landing, a crowd of neighbors told her what happened.

“Someone witnessed the car drive into the landing, and it was floating down the river, and there was a woman inside of it,” McDowell explained.

Neighbors say Horry County Police and Horry County Fire rescue were on scene in a matter of minutes.  Horry County Fire Rescue tried to send divers into the river.

“Last night we were going off what witnesses had seen, and trying to locate the car at night time in the current was really challenging and for the safety of the divers we had to hold off until first thing this morning,” Battalion Chief Dan Shankle explained.

“I was telling them the water…the current's really strong, it's really high this time of year,” McDowell said. “There was really nothing we could do... we looked, we couldn't spot the vehicle or anything... we just assumed the worst.”

First thing Tuesday morning, divers were able to locate Anderson’s car, with her body inside. Neighbors say Anderson lived in the neighborhood.

Crews then worked to remove her car from the landing, using boats and airbags.

Right now police tell WMBF News they believe the woman drove her car into the landing and the incident is still under investigation.

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