2 'detainees' drown as van swept into SC flood waters

2 'detainees' drown as van swept into SC flood waters

According to WBTW, two Horry County Sheriff's deputies were transporting two mental health patients to McLeod Behavioral Health in Darlington.

Thompson said he did not think the women were in restraints in the back of the van, noting that restraints are used for combative patients "and I understand they were not".

"It can be assumed he did" drive around a barricade, Sheriff Phillip Thompson said, adding that investigators want to know why the deputies chose to disregard the safety measure.

Forecasters predict some rivers in the northeastern area of the state might not reach their highest levels until later this week or next week. "We are fully cooperating with the State Law Enforcement Division to support their investigation of this event".

Richardson says the women were being transported from a hospital in Horry County to medical facilities in Florence and Darlington.

"They're still under the water", he said.

Recovery efforts were underway Wednesday, said Thom Berry, a spokesman for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

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Gov. Roy Cooper told a news conference Tuesday is was hard for residents to leave home, and it's even harder for them to wait to go back.

President Donald Trump is slated to visit North Carolina on September 19 to see the damage.

Cooper warned that the flooding is far from over and will get worse in places.

Officials say the van was traveling near the Little Pee Dee River, one of the bodies of water officials in SC are watching closely as water continues to poor into the state from upriver in North Carolina following the heavy rains of Florence. "People need to know exactly how it happened". The two Horry County deputies who were responsible for transporting the women attempted to save them, according to the law enforcement narrative, but were unsuccessful in their efforts.

Marion county coroner Jerry Richardson has confirmed that two people drowned on the Little Pee Dee river. "Floodwater rose rapidly and the deputies were unable to open the doors to reach the individuals in the van".

The sheriff's deputies survived after rescue teams arrived on the scene and brought them to safety. At this time, the recovery effort is ongoing, and the transportation vehicle can not be removed due to rising waters and risky conditions.

SLED, the South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Horry County Sheriff's Office are investigating the incident.

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