Women Drown While Chained in Flooded Police Van During Hurricane Florence

Women Drown While Chained in Flooded Police Van During Hurricane Florence

Women Drown While Chained in Flooded Police Van During Hurricane Florence

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

A statement from the Horry County Sheriff's Office claims that the deputies tried to free the women from the back of the van as it was flooded by fast-rising waters, but they were unsuccessful, The Cut reported.

Sheriff's deputies at the scene where two women died while being transported in a police van in SC. "They were unable to do so".

Thompson said he wasn't sure what prevented the deputies from opening the van's rear door to save the women.

The deputies waited on top of the van until rescuers arrived. Due to unsafe conditions and rising waters, additional search and rescue teams are arriving to assist in the recovery of the vehicle.

Marion County coroner Jerry Richardson told HuffPost on Wednesday that the submerged van had to be left overnight with the women's bodies still inside because of the danger it posed to rescue workers.

"We are sorry", Thompson said".

"It's still hard, we've got rising, rapid water, debris-infested water, dark water, and the vehicle is all the way under the water now", Richardson said Wednesday afternoon. "It's come up 2 feet since just last night". It could have been water pressure or the way the van was resting against a guard rail, he said.

"We are fully cooperating with the State Law Enforcement Division to support their investigation of this event".

Richardson said the deputies and two patients began the trip that afternoon from a hospital near Conway, where tributaries of the Pee Dee River are overflowing their banks.

The Transportation Department advised northbound motorists to take a wide detour around the area by using I-85 from Georgia through South Carolina's Upstate and on to Charlotte.

"Once those orders are issued, we don't place those people in a detention centre", Thompson said.

SLED, the South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Horry County Sheriff's Office are investigating the incident. Their names also yielded no records in the Horry County jail and court index systems. She posted multiple times about her struggles.

State police spokesman Thom Berry told the AP on Wednesday that agents were on the scene aiding in the recovery effort.

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.

"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.

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