Two die in flooded sheriff's transport van

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"I'm not sure if it was the way the van was positioned, against a guardrail, or if it was pressure from the water, but unfortunately they were not able to get the van doors open and get the ladies out", Thompson said. "We are just very sorry that this event has taken place". Richardson later told the Washington Post that sheriff's deputies often transfer mental-health patients saying, "It's a courtesy they do". Officials said the van was in Marion County near the Little Pee Dee River, one of the bodies of water state officials are watching closely after Florence.

"They were trying to negotiate through fast-running water, and it just didn't work out", Richardson told the Associated Press. High-water rescue teams rescued the deputies from on top of the van.

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"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. "People need to know exactly how it happened". Harrowing police scanner audio provides details into the efforts to save the women, who could be heard talking as rescuers scrambled to save them.

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The van was carrying the detainees to a different facility in Darlington, South Carolina when it was overtaken by flood waters on Tuesday.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Spokesman Thom Berry said recovery efforts are set for today - the van and the victims remain in the flood waters at the scene.

Green's mother declined to speak to a reporter Wednesday but said, "It's just a tragedy".

WPDE-TV reported that the patients were being transported from Loris Hospital Waccamaw Center for Mental Health to McLeod Health.

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According to statute, the documents authorizing the admission require "a law enforcement officer, preferably in civilian clothes and preferably with crisis intervention training, to take into custody and transport the person to the hospital designated by the certification".

The Marion County Coroner has confirmed the deaths of both detainees, who have not been identified.

SLED, the South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Horry County Sheriff's Office are investigating the incident.

Gov. Roy Cooper told a news conference Tuesday is was hard for residents to leave home, and it's even harder for them to wait to go back. Chief Deputy Tom Fox of the Horry County Sheriff's Office did not respond to an email request for the spellings.

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