Authorities confirm two detainees drowned when a van was swept away in rising flood waters in SC.
Responders congregate on September 19, 2018, near where two people drowned Tuesday evening when they were trapped in a Horry County Sheriff transport van while crossing an overtopped bridge over the Little Pee Dee River, in Marion County, S.C.
According to a statement from the Horry Country Sheriff's Office, when the van became overcome by flood waters from Hurricane Florence, the two deputies tried to free the women - who have not been named - but were unable to because of the fast-rising waters.
"High water rescue teams arrived and were able to rescue the two deputies from the top of the van".
Thompson identified the women as 45-year-old Windy Newton and 43-year-old Nicolette Green.
"They're still under the water", Richardson told the AP on Wednesday morning.
In a release, Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson said his office would cooperate with the probe.
Thompson said neither deputy had committed any significant past driving infractions in connection with their duties. "Just like you, we have questions we want answered".
Neither woman has an arrest record in SC, according to documents obtained from the State Law Enforcement Division. At almost 7 p.m. Wednesday, State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry confirmed the bodies had been recovered.
The van was traveling on an area near Little Pee Dee River, when waters surged and pushed the van off the road.
They traveled northwest, on their way to Darlington about 100 miles away, across an obstacle course of blocked roads and swollen waters. The two deputies were rescued, the occupants have not been recovered.
The deputies were transporting Green and Newton based on court orders from the staff at Waccamaw Center for Mental Health and a mental-health center in Loris, Thompson said.
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The van couldn't be removed Tuesday night because of rising waters and risky conditions, according to the release.
Two Horry County deputies were driving a van carrying the two women in the back on Tuesday night when it was overtaken by floodwaters in Marion County.
The Lumber River overflows onto a stretch Interstate 95 in Lumberton, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, following flooding from Hurricane Florence. The two deaths will push Florence's toll across three states to almost 40 victims. In March, Christopher Bennett died after eating drugs and suffering medical issues, a SLED investigation found.