Miami-Dade rescue teams save residents from Florence's floodwaters

Firefighters bring woman, three dogs to safety


HORRY COUNTY, S.C. – South Florida rescue teams came to aid of several people trapped by floodwaters in South Carolina Monday in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

The unit, Florida Task Force One, is made up of 80 people, mostly firefighters with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

One team brought a boat to evacuate a woman and her three dogs from her water-logged home in Horry County, South Carolina. The woman and her pets were brought to safety and she was reunited with her family, said Erika Benitez, a spokeswoman for Florida Task Force One.

"(Florida Task Force One) specializes in urban search and rescue, disaster recovery, emergency medicine and communication support to respond to and mitigate natural and manmade disasters locally and nationally,” Benitez said.