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Search Intensifies for SC National Guardsman Missing Following Tubing Trip on Lake Greenwood

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SC National Guardsman Who Went Missing in Laurens County Lake

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A tragic incident has occurred on Lake Greenwood last Saturday involving a South Carolina Army National Guardsman, Staff Sgt. Porsha D. Griffin. Griffin, a 30-year-old from Hopkins, went for a tubing expedition on the lake, never resurfaced and since then, has been missing.

The Search Continues for Griffin, who is Believed to have Drowned

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) confirmed that officers, investigators, and divers are working relentlessly on the scene, employing resources such as sonar and side-scans in a specific area based on witness information.

It is believed that Griffin may have drowned following the tubing incident, but until now, her body hasn’t been found. The search continues in hopes of bringing conclusion to this tragic incident, and answers to Griffin’s family, friends, and colleagues.

Porsha Griffin, A Valued Member of The 116th Tactical Installation Networking Enhanced Company

Griffin, a Hopkins native, was a valued member of the 116th Tactical Installation Networking Enhanced Company attached to the 228th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade based in Spartanburg. Her unit is deeply affected by her sudden disappearance and the ongoing search.

Col. Linda Riedel, Griffin’s commander, expressed deep concern and sadness for the missing Guardsman, “Of course, we are saddened beyond words, and we’ll continue to pray the search for her yields answers for all who care about her, as well as for peace for her daughter and extended family.”

Echoes of Griefand Solidarity

The tragedy has elicited an outpouring of grief and solidarity from Griffin’s community in Hopkins and her fellow National Guardsmen. The undertaking to find Griffin underlines the sense of brotherhood and camaraderie that exist within the military. While the search goes on, the community, her peers and authorities continue to hold out hope.

The Importance of Safety Precautions

The tragic incident has cast a spotlight on the importance of safety measures and precautions when partaking in water-based activities. The authorities have reminded the public of the importance of using proper and reliable personal flotation devices while participating in recreational activities on the lakes or other bodies of water.

May the ongoing search for Griffin conclude with closure for her loved ones and remind everyone of the safety precautions needed when enjoying water-based activities.


Search Intensifies for SC National Guardsman Missing Following Tubing Trip on Lake Greenwood

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