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30-year-old National Guardswoman disappears underwater after rafting with friends on a South Carolina lake

  • Porsha Griffin, 30, never resurfaced after an accident on Lake Greenwood in SC
  • The nurse and the National Guard sergeant were riding in a dinghy without life jackets
  • Her heartbroken family said she was a “loving mother and daughter”

A mother and a South Carolina National Guard sergeant disappeared while rafting without life jackets over the holiday weekend.

Porsha Griffin, 30, was partying with friends at Lake Greenwood in Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday, but she never resurfaced after an accident on the lake.

After several days of searching, officials' efforts expanded to a rescue mission, and there was no trace of the young mother, while her heartbroken family recounted their ordeal.

“When I got the call, I was in hysterical shock,” her mother, Amicka Griffin, told KVVU. “I immediately drove to the area where they were searching. It was a lot, a whole lot to process.”

Porsha Griffin, 30, a mother and active member of the Columbia National Guard, never resurfaced after an accident while rafting with friends on a lake over the holiday weekend
Porsha was celebrating with her nine-year-old daughter (pictured together) and friends at Lake Greenwood in South Carolina when the tragedy occurred

Amicka said her daughter was rafting on the lake with three other people and her nine-year-old daughter when the tragedy occurred.

Officials said when she fell into the water, she was with another friend when the tube tipped over and they were both thrown into the lake.

While her friend was rescued by other passersby from the water of the lake, which was said to be overcrowded due to the holiday weekend, Porsha never resurfaced.

The friend reportedly said they were thrown into the water with great force and the water was “rough.”

After her rescue, she reportedly said she kept losing consciousness and was “drowning and trying to fight for her life.”

For several days, diving teams conducted an intensive search in the lake, but there was no trace of the 30-year-old mother.

Her mother, Amicka, said she had come to terms with the long delay, which meant her daughter likely died in the water.

“I accepted it because God has me,” she said. “He protects me. I will not question his power.”

She described her daughter as a “loving daughter and loving mother” who was “always a reliable and supportive person.”

An intensive search was carried out on the lake with divers for several days, but there has been no trace of the 30-year-old mother since her disappearance on Saturday.
In addition to being an active member of the Columbia National Guard, Porche was also a registered nurse who graduated a year ago, and a friend described her as “the best of the best.”
Her heartbroken mother Amicka said she was “hysterically shocked” when she heard that her daughter had disappeared on the lake.

Griffin is part of the 116th Tactical Installation Networking Enhanced Company, 228th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade in Spartanburg.

In addition to being an active member of the Columbia National Guard, Porche was also a trained nurse who graduated a year ago.

Numerous condolences were poured in for the mother and a friend wrote on Facebook that he “continues to pray that this is not true”.

“My girl was the best of the best,” they said, describing her as a “friend, leader, mother, genuine human being and more.”

“My heart is broken and I am at a loss for tears.”

Her commander, Colonel Linda Riedel, said in a statement: “Of course, we are incredibly saddened and will continue to pray that the search for her will provide answers for all who care about her and that her daughter and extended family will be granted peace.”

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