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

Ebony Scott
September 20, 2018

According to reporter Meg Kinnard of the Associated Press, as of Wednesday morning both bodies remained inside the submerged truck - with flood waters around the vehicle rising by more than two feet since the incident took place.

Floodwaters in North Carolina were still quite high as of September 19.

According to the sheriff's office, the two detainees were being transferred from Waccamaw Mental Health in Myrtle Beach and McLeod Loris Hospital in Loris to McLeod Behavioral Health in Darlington, S.C.

The incident happened in the area of the Little Pee Dee River, which branches off from the Lumber River, in Mullins, South Carolina. But nothing could be done to save the two women they were transporting.

"The two deputies attempted to extricate the persons being transported", the news release said.

The sheriff's deputies survived after rescue teams arrived on the scene and brought them to safety. Holden wouldn't give further details on the victims' status, citing an ongoing state police investigation.

The incident is being investigated by the State Law Enforcement Division.

The dam and roadway at Alton Lennon Drive in Boiling Spring Lakes, North Carolina is washed away. Thompsons said his office would cooperate with the probe.

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Their names also yielded no records in the Horry County jail and court index systems.

Green's mother declined to speak to a reporter Wednesday but said, "It's just a tragedy". The two deaths will push Florence's toll across three states to almost 40 victims.

WLTX-TV contacted Green's family, who released the following statement, saying they want answers.

President Donald Trump is slated to visit North Carolina on September 19 to see the damage.

Prisoners in SC were pictured filling sandbags after officials refused to evacuate them to safety from storm Florence. "You take care of yourself".

Wilmington is still mostly an island surrounded by floodwaters, and people are waiting for hours for handouts of necessities like food. Thousands of others around the state waited in shelters for the all-clear.

Thompson said he did not think Green and Newton were in restraints when the van hit the floodwaters.

After submerging North Carolina with almost one metre of rain, the storm dumped more than 16.5cm of rain in the Northeast, where it caused flash flooding. And why were they moved yesterday, and not before Florence made landfall, especially when state and local officials knew for days that severe flooding was likely?

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