Though Florence weakened to a tropical storm later on Friday and to a tropical depression afterwards, it caused severe flooding and damage.
We are working hand-in-hand with the State Law Enforcement Division to cooperate in this investigation. By the time they got there, the van was underwater, and the deputies were on the roof.
Sheriff's deputies at the scene where two women died while being transported in a police van in SC. The deputies transporting them managed to escape, but the women were unable to do so. The former hurricane swamped dozens of farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market.
Officials say two women being transported to a mental health facility by deputies have drowned when they were trapped in the van as it was engulfed in rising SC floodwaters. At this time, the recovery effort is ongoing, and the transportation vehicle can not be removed due to rising waters and unsafe conditions. That effort resumed Wednesday morning, and Thompson said a specialized crew was being flown in from Charleston to assist.
Stephen Flood, a 10-year veteran of the sheriff's office, and Joshua Bishop, a six-year veteran, escaped the van after it encountered floodwaters near U.S. Highway 76 and Pee Dee Island Road in Marion County.
Authorities confirm two detainees drowned when a van was swept away in rising flood waters in SC.
Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson says the women died Tuesday night when two of his deputies taking them to a mental health facility under court order drove into high water.
North Carolina's governor is pleading with thousands of Hurricane Florence evacuees to be patient and not return home just yet.
"The two deputies attempted to extricate the persons being transported", a statement from the Horry County sheriff's office noted. Their names have not been released.
Thompson said he wasn't sure what prevented the deputies from opening the van's rear door to save the women.