Women Drown While Chained in Flooded Police Van During Hurricane Florence

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Or northbound motorists from Georgia could get off I-95 and take either I-26 or I-20 to Columbia and then catch I-77 to Charlotte, the agency said. "Floodwater rose rapidly and the deputies were unable to open the doors to reach the individuals in the van".

By the time a rescue team arrived, the deputies were stranded on top of the van and it was too late for the women. Due to unsafe conditions and rising waters, additional search and rescue teams are arriving to assist in the recovery of the vehicle.

Crews did not recover the bodies of Green and Newton on Tuesday night. Thompsons said his office would cooperate with the probe.

The women who died have been identified by the Marion County coroner as Nicolette Green, 43, of Myrtle Beach, and Wendy Newton, 45, of Shallotte, N.C. "They were trying to negotiate through fast-running water, and it just didn't work out", Richardson told AP about the incident. "It's come up 2 feet (0.6 metres) since just last night".

The van couldn't be removed Tuesday night because of rising waters and unsafe conditions, according to the release.

"I just want to say to the families that they are definitely in our thoughts and our prayers".

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

Thompson told reporters that deputies appear to have driven around a barrier blocking the road but the investigation is ongoing. Two deputies were in the van with them, though Wenton and Green were in the back.

"The two deputies attempted to extricate the persons being transported", a statement from the Horry County sheriff's office noted.

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Thompson said he was concerned with the five deaths, but he said those at the detention center were different.

When it comes to the deputies who assist in transport, Thompson said that they have gone through extensive intense training.

"We are sorry", Thompson said". Neither woman had an arrest record in SC, according to records obtained by the AP.

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

Newton had posted on her Facebook page, last updated in 2014, that she had been previously hospitalized for mental illness.

State police spokesman Thom Berry told the AP that agents were on the scene aiding in the recovery effort. At almost 7 p.m. Wednesday, State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry confirmed the bodies had been recovered.

Some roads in Marion and Horry County are impacted by floods after Hurricane Florence passed through the area. "People need to know exactly how it happened. It makes it seem like someone took a very unnecessary risk".

Hurricane Florence has now killed at least three dozen people - including at least eight in SC.

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