Women die in flooded van driven by SC deputies

Women die in flooded van driven by SC deputies

Women die in flooded van driven by SC deputies

The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident. HCSO is conducting an internal investigation.

'They were trying to negotiate through fast-running water, and it just didn't work out, ' he said.

"Once those orders are issued, we don't place those people in a detention centre", Thompson said. "We will be there for whatever questions they may have, the public and anyone else". They were women who voluntarily sought help. The sheriff's office transports 1,200 patients per year, traveling up to 40,000 miles each month, he said.

Holden said that deputies tried to get the victims out but couldn't. She was driving through the area and said she wanted to check on everything and make sure everyone was OK.

Family members said they were shocked by the deaths and didn't understand how they happened.

"I know that it is a very sad situation so ive just been praying for the victims and the families of the victims", said Martin.

It was being driven by deputies from the Horry County Sheriff's Office. According to some accounts, water swept the vehicle off the road. The deputies transporting them managed to escape, but the women were unable to do so. Officials said the van was in Marion County near the Little Pee Dee River, one of the bodies of water state officials are watching closely after Florence.

The two deputies attempted to extricate the persons being transported. High-water rescue teams rescued the deputies from on top of the van. Richardson, who serves as coroner in adjacent Marion County, confirmed their deaths that night, but authorities had to leave the bodies and van in the water until conditions were less hazardous.

"Tonight's incident is a tragedy", said Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson, according to local reports.

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"We want those who are responsible to be held accountable", it reads in part. At almost 7 p.m. Wednesday, State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry confirmed the bodies had been recovered.

Green's sister added, "The officers were on - what appears to be - a completely closed off, flooded road".

North Carolina's governor is pleading with thousands of Hurricane Florence evacuees to be patient and not return home just yet.

Those waters have risen another two feet (at least) since that picture was taken ...

At the time of writing, the van is still in the water.

The dam and roadway at Alton Lennon Drive in Boiling Spring Lakes, North Carolina is washed away.

According to the Marion County Coroner, the deceased individuals are Windy Newton, 45, of Shallotte, NC and Nicolette Green, 43, of Myrtle Beach.

We are now working with the SCDNR to recover the vehicle. Two deputies were rescued but the detainees died.

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