Two mental-health patients in sheriff’s van drown in S.C. floodwaters

Modesto Morganelli
Сентября 22, 2018

The two women - passengers in an Horry County sheriff's office van - were chained inside the back of the vehicle when it experienced a "high-water incident" while traveling west on Highway 76.

U.S. Northern Command said in a news release late Tuesday that about 5,600 personnel are active-duty and reserve forces.

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". High-water rescue teams rescued the deputies from on 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".

Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson said "it can be assumed" that deputies Joshua Bishop and Stephen Flood disregarded the barriers while transporting two women with mental-health issues from Conway to medical facilities in Darlington and Lancaster Tuesday night.

The incident happened in the area of the Little Pee Dee River, which branches off from the Lumber River, in Mullins, South Carolina. "It's come up 2 feet (0.6 metres) since just last night".

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

North Carolina officials say a body has been found in a trailer near the flooding Cape Fear River.

Two people being transported in an Horry County Sheriff's Office vehicle died Tuesday when the vehicle was overcome by floodwaters, the SC sheriff's office confirmed Tuesday night.

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.

Hurricane Florence started off as a Category 4 major hurricane but was downgraded to tropical storm right before it hit mainland in North and SC.

"At this time, the recovery effort is ongoing, and the transportation vehicle can not be removed due to rising waters and unsafe conditions", the sheriff's office said.

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

"They're still under the water", Richardson told the AP on Wednesday morning. Their names have not been released.

"They got out and tried to open the van to get the ladies out", Thompson told reporters on Wednesday. By the time they got there, the van was underwater, and the deputies were on the roof.

The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division is now investigating the matter, according to the report.

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