Published: Sun, September 23, 2018
Medicine | By Debra Reynolds

Flood Waters Kill Two Horry County Detainees

Flood Waters Kill Two Horry County Detainees

According to reporter Summer Dashe of WPDE TV-15 (ABC - Myrtle Beach/ Florence, S.C.), "many of the roads in (in the area) are closed because of flooding".

Horry County Sheriff's Office deputies apparently drove around road-closure barricades before their van was overtaken by floodwaters that killed two women trapped inside. High-water rescue teams rescued the deputies from on top of the van.

On Wednesday, a report in KOAA identified the victims as Windy Wenton, 45, and Nicolette Green, 43. That effort resumed Wednesday morning, and Thompson said a specialized crew was being flown in from Charleston to assist.

"It can be assumed he did" drive around a barricade, Sheriff Phillip Thompson said, adding that investigators want to know why the deputies made a decision to disregard the safety measure.

"A Horry County Sheriff's Office transportation vehicle was involved in a high-water incident tonight". 'Just like you, we have questions we want answered'.

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The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is reportedly investigating the circumstances surrounding their deaths.

Thompson said he wasn't sure what prevented the deputies from opening the van's rear door to save the women. "We are fully cooperating with the State Law Enforcement Division to support their investigation of this event".

Officials said the van was near the Little Pee Dee River, one of the bodies of water state officials were watching following the heavy rains of Florence. Two deputies were rescued but the detainees died.

"They were unable to do so", Thompson said.

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

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday visited North Carolina, which is bearing the brunt of Florence's deadly deluge and where rivers are still rising while thousands of homes and roadways remain submerged.

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

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

A resident surveys a road inundated by water in Lumberton, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, following flooding from Hurricane Florence.

Richardson, who serves as coroner in adjacent Marion County, confirmed their deaths that night, but authorities had to leave the bodies and van in the water until conditions were less hazardous.

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