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Moncks Corner, SC -  Thursday, three boaters met the volunteers who helped save their lives this weekend.

The members of the Berkeley County Rescue Squad appreciated hearing from the two men and a woman they rescued early Monday morning on Lake Moultrie. Their boat sank, and they spent 9 hours out in the middle of the lake.

The boaters were emotional as they thanked the people who saved their lives.

Kaleb Cadell spoke to the group. "If it wasn't for y'all's persistence, and y'all's drive to find us, we wouldn't be alive for sure."

His cousin Calvin Cumbee agreed. "This is a service that people don't appreciate much because people don't get to see it in action. I just want to say I appreciate y'all."

  Calvin's mom, Mary Cumbee said when her son was missing out on the lake, it was something you can't imagine. "When your child is missing, there are no words."

Lt. Tony Morgan was one of the squad members who helped in the search. "You're happy that you're able to reunite the families together. And see the happiness it brings to them, knowing it could have ended a totally different way."

Mary Cumbee says she is glad the rescue squad was willing to act the minute her family needed help. "They go out and risk their own life. They're volunteers. They work on donations. And we need to support them. Because you don't know when you're gonna need them. But when you need them, they're the only ones that can do the job."

The Berkeley County Rescue Squad is available 365 days per year if there is an emergency.

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