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Drown After Horry Co. Sheriff's Van Swept Away By Flood Waters

20 September 2018

Investigators believe the Horry County sheriff's deputies who were rescued from a van in which two mental-health patients drowned Tuesday night ignored a barricade on a flooded road, the sheriff said.

The bodies of the two women were recovered on Wednesday, almost 24 hours after the event began, from the submerged van in the Little Pee Dee River.

"Once those orders are issued, we don't place those people in a detention centre", Thompson said. Obviously it appears that they did.

Holden said that deputies tried to get the victims out but couldn't. Thompsons said his office would cooperate with the probe. We work hard to protect and to serve our citizens. "It makes it seem like someone took a very unnecessary risk". HCSO is conducting an internal investigation. That effort resumed Wednesday morning, but Thompson said a specialized crew was being flown in from Charleston to assist.

The drowning deaths are the fifth deaths under the Horry County Sheriff's Office's purview this year.

"Tonight's incident is a tragedy".

Authorities confirm two detainees drowned when a van was swept away in rising flood waters in SC.

Officials said the van was near the Little Pee Dee River, one of the bodies of water state officials were watching following the heavy rains of Florence.

The two deputies attempted to extricate the persons being transported.

The deputies in the van were rescued, but the patients who were chained in the back of the van died.

Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson told the Associated Press early Wednesday that the van was still underwater.

Crews did not recover the bodies of Green and Newton on Tuesday night.

SLED, the South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Horry County Sheriff's Office are investigating the incident. "Just like you, we have questions we want answered". "We are fully cooperating with the State Law Enforcement Division to support their investigation of this event".

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.

The Little Pee Dee River reached major flood stage after Hurricane Florence battered the Carolinas over the weekend and is expected to crest at 16 feet on September 21, seven feet higher than flood stage. Two individuals being transported by our HCSO van were involved in a high-water incident and died. According to some accounts, water swept the vehicle off the road.

The women were identified as a 46-year-old from Shallotte, North Carolina, and a 44-year-old from Myrtle Beach.

We are now working with the SCDNR to recover the vehicle.

Officials have identified the two mental health patients who drowned when a van they were riding in was swept away in SC flood waters.

Drown After Horry Co. Sheriff's Van Swept Away By Flood Waters