Women chained in police van drown in Hurricane Florence floods

22 September, 2018, 21:40 | Author: Kara Nash
  • The two deputies

Rescue teams plucked the deputies from the top of the van.

WBTW reported that according to "Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson, two have been confirmed drowned on the Little Pee Dee River".

ABC News4 reports that, on Tuesday night, 2 sheriffs from the Horry County Sheriff's Office, were tasked with transporting 2 female patients from Loris Hospital and Waccamaw Center for Mental Health to McLeod Health.

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.

U.S. Northern Command said the troops will stay until they're no longer needed. Richardson says the women were being transported from a hospital in Horry County to medical facilities in Florence and Darlington. "It's come up two feet since just last night".

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

"A Horry County Sheriff's Office transportation vehicle was involved in a high-water incident tonight".


Justin Bamberg, a state lawmaker and lawyer who has represented the families of several people injured or killed by law enforcement officers, said Wednesday he's perplexed by the decision to transport anyone in such uncertain weather conditions.

Sixteen North Carolina rivers were at major flood stage Tuesday, with an additional three forecast to peak by Thursday.

The van couldn't be removed Tuesday night because of rising waters and risky conditions, according to the release. "Despite persistent and ongoing efforts, floodwater rose rapidly and the deputies were unable to open the doors", the statement reads.

When asked by Heavy to clarify if in fact the two people now described as "detainees" were chained, if they were "mental patients" and to answer why deputies were traveling on a highway that was already predicted to be under water, HCSO PIO Brooke Holden said, "Due to an ongoing investigation by SLED, we can't release any further information". The two deaths will push Florence's toll across three states to almost 40 victims. By the time they got there, the van was underwater, and the deputies were on the roof.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is reportedly investigating the circumstances surrounding their deaths.

The two individuals being transported were confirmed dead by the Marion County Coroner.

Forecasters predict some rivers in the northeastern area of the state might not reach their highest levels until later this week or next week.

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