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A South Carolina pastor braved dangerous floodwaters to save an unearthed casket, despite orders not to.

“That’s somebody’s family out there,” Ridgeville pastor Wayne H. Reeves told News 2 reporter Matt Alba live on air Monday. “This family is suffering. They had their family out there popping up out of the ground and I think it’s the human thing to do.”

“So you’re going in right now?” Alba asked him.

“Right this second,” Reeves replied, before wading into the waist-deep water.

The casket was one of two that came from the ground at the Ridgeville plot following historic flooding in the Palmetto State. The two caskets belonged to a husband and wife, the latter of whom was buried in May.

Despite an order from a deputy not to go in the water, Reeves defied him and went anyway, according to NBC. Dorchester County sheriff’s deputies were able to get the husband’s casket after Reeves retrieved the wife’s.

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