South Carolina pastor braves flood to retrieve casket

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Caskets Float to the Surface in South Carolina During Historic Flooding

Historic rainfall in South Carolina this weekend uprooted trees, flooded roads and even caused caskets to get swept away in the floodwaters.

But one brave pastor waded through the waters to save a casket for a grieving family after waters around the cemetery pushed the baskets of the deceased wife and husband to float away.

In a dramatic scene, WCBD cameras caught the pastor walking through the trenches of a Ridgeville cemetery to retrieve the casket during a live broadcast.

Wayne Reeves, a pastor from New Life Ministries in Summerville, rescued the sarcophagus of a woman who died back in May.

"Why are you going in to get it?" a reporter asked the pastor.





The pastor then waded more than 200 yards to the casket. With the help of another bystander, Reeves was able to push the wooden box out of the waters and toward the side of the highway.

Reeves explained how painful it would be for a grieving family to sit on the side of the road to see their deceased family members bobbing in and out of the water.





Family members of the casket Reeves retrieved told WCBD they were feeling both relief and disbelief by the church leader's kind act.

The cousin of the deceased said it was an incredible act of faith to witness:

With the body being out there so long and the water has been rising since Sunday, we just said, 'Lord cover him,' and you know he wasn't afraid. God sent him out there.

Reverend Reeves explained his decision by simply stating:





Reeves wasn't the only hero that day. Officers from Dorchester County soon rescued a second vault from the scene. The family said both coffins belonged to a deceased married couple.

Family members of the deceased told WCBD that the county coroner removed both vaults from the water and will hold them in a safe place until the floods diminish. Once the waters diminish, authorities will lay the couple to rest in their original spots.

See more photos of the flooding in South Carolina:

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South Carolina pastor braves flood to retrieve casket
DNR officer Brett Irvin and Lexington Co. Deputy Dan Rusinyak carry June Loch to dry land after she was rescued from her home in the Pine Glen subdivision off of Tram road on Oct. 5, 2015 in the St. Andrews area of Columbia, S.C. Residents are having to abandon their homes because of flooding coinciding with release of water from the dam. (Tim Dominick/The State/TNS via Getty Images)
EASTOVER, SC - OCTOBER 6: Trey McMillian looks over the damage done by flood waters on a road in Eastover on October 6, 2015 in Eastover, South Carolina. The state of South Carolina experienced record rainfall amounts over the weekend and continues to face resulting flooding. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
Pictured is the inside of the Pavlovich Balley School Building, home of the Columbia Classical Ballet, as electrical crews shut off power, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 in Columbia, S.C. (Gerry Melendez/The State/TNS via Getty Images)
Rescue crews from across the country work to help those in need after rain and flood water ravaged the Columbia, S.C. area on Oct. 4, 2015. (Matt Walsh/The State/TNS via Getty Images)
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