2 detainees drown as van swept into floodwaters in SC

Floodwaters surround an area in South Carolina

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.

A SC sheriff says his office is performing an internal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the drownings of two women in a sheriff's office van who were being brought to a mental health facility.

A spokeswoman for the sheriff's office would not say which deputy was driving the van.

Thompson identified the women as 45-year-old Windy Newton and 43-year-old Nicolette Green.

"Tonight's incident was a tragedy", Horry County sheriff Phillip Thompson said.

Thompson said it took rescue crews about 45 minutes to find the van and get to it via boat. 'Just like you, we have questions we want answered'.

This incident is being investigated by the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson tells The Associated Press two deputies were transporting the women between Nichols and Mullins night.

1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests
He drew attention a year ago with the purchase of a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting for $110.5 million. SpaceX has finally revealed its first space tourist that will circle the moon in the near future.

Bill Belichick says he won't answer questions about Josh Gordon's substance issues
Later that day, Gordon was on the practice field, which meant he was - without question - on the Patriots' roster. Gordon is officially questionable for Sunday night's game at the Detroit Lions. "Josh is a smart kid".

IPhone XS, XS Max Teardowns Reveal Chips From Intel and Toshiba
Likewise, a 256GB XS is now 9,560 yuan while the 512GB model is 11,150 yuan, down 5.3% and 6.3% respectively. It's that time of year again where people queue up to buy the new phone from a company named after a fruit.

"They were trying to negotiate through fast-running water, and it just didn't work out", he told AP.

Richardson said the deputies and two patients began the trip that afternoon from a hospital near Conway, where tributaries of the Pee Dee River are overflowing their banks. High-water rescue teams plucked the deputies from the top of the van. 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. "We are fully cooperating with the State Law Enforcement Division to support their investigation of this event".

The patients were being transported from Loris Hospital Waccamaw Center for Mental Health to McLeod Health, which runs multiple facilities in the region, according to WPDE.

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

"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.

The death toll from Florence rose to 37 in three states, the AP report noted.

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.

Related News:

  • Goodyear to come as original equipment tire to Audi’s first electric SUV

    Goodyear to come as original equipment tire to Audi’s first electric SUV

    An official range estimate in the US will be available closer to launch next year, an Audi of America spokesman said. The electric SUV is the first created to use an emerging network of lightning-fast 150-kilowatt public EV chargers.
    US Air Force seeks sharp growth to stay ahead of…

    US Air Force seeks sharp growth to stay ahead of…

    The last time the USA created a new military service was in 1947 when the Air Force was established as an independent service. The US Air Force has led the Armed Forces in establishing America's space capability such that it is unrivaled in the world.
    Less than 340,000 have flood insurance in North and SC  combined

    Less than 340,000 have flood insurance in North and SC combined

    More than a thousand other roads from major highways to neighbourhood lanes are closed in the Carolinas, officials said. Remnants of Hurricane Florence continue to threaten the east coast with torrential rain and flood risks.
  • 1,000-Foot Spider Web Appears Overnight in Greece

    This year, a sizable increase in the mosquito population is also an important driver for the spiders' prolific web spinning. When that happens, the spider population will decrease as well.
    Barclays customers struggle to access online accounts

    Barclays customers struggle to access online accounts

    But customers were still complaining that there is an issue with the app, even though the bank said it was working normally. The bank also said its telephone services have been restored but were experiencing delays due to the high volume of calls.
    Gunmen attack military parade in Iran's Ahvaz

    Gunmen attack military parade in Iran's Ahvaz

    Some images show bloodied soldiers in military fatigues, and ambulance sirens can be heard wailing in the background. The semiofficial Fars news agency said two gunmen on a motorcycle wearing khaki uniforms carried out the attack.
  • How Ecuador, Russia Planned To Help Julian Assange Escape From UK

    How Ecuador, Russia Planned To Help Julian Assange Escape From UK

    US President Donald Trump faces an investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation to win that election. Assange denies receiving the emails from Russian Federation , but has not ruled out having obtained them from a third party.
    Spiders Take Over Greek Beach, With Vast Web Spanning 1,000 Feet

    Spiders Take Over Greek Beach, With Vast Web Spanning 1,000 Feet

    This year, a sizable increase in the mosquito population is also an important driver for the spiders' prolific web spinning. Local resident Giannis Giannakopoulos told CNN that he first noticed the "veil of webs" earlier this week and took photos.
    Ranking the Tour Championship field: JT leads superstars with $10M at stake

    Ranking the Tour Championship field: JT leads superstars with $10M at stake

    If that happens, it will be very good news for a European team looking to win its sixth straight Ryder Cup on European soil. SportsLine's prediction model, built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has been dead-on so far in the 2018 FedEx Cup Playoffs.
  • Firefox Reality VR and AR web browser goes live

    Firefox Reality VR and AR web browser goes live

    We have an always-growing list of ideas and features that we are working to add to make this the best browser for mixed reality . The new browser is based on the same Quantum engine that powers their Firefox Quantum desktop browser.
    Mohamed Salah: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp not expecting goals repeat

    Mohamed Salah: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp not expecting goals repeat

    Salah has started every game for Liverpool this so far this season, recording two assists in addition to his two goals. He had fantastic offensive situations in both of the last games and he is in a good shape, actually.
    Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho expects 'difficult season'

    Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho expects 'difficult season'

    "A team that yesterday looked very bad, today looks very good and yesterday looked very good, today looks very bad". So to get three wins from three tricky away games is a big statement.


Most liked

Syria’s Assad blames Israel over downing of Russian plane
Despite calling it a "friendly fire" incident, the Defense ministry held Israel responsible. However, it was "extensive and inaccurate" Syrian ground fire that downed the Russian plane.

Rafale cloud thickens, India's multi-billion dollar warplane deal faces fresh scrutiny
Former defence minister Manohar Parrikar had said it was Modi who had finalised the Rafale deal with Hollande in 2015. Modi Ji you dishonoured the blood of our martyred soldiers.

Tour Championship hopefuls offer support of 2019 FedEx Cup changes
The FedEx Cup champion will now bank $US15 million, versus the $US10 million prize from previous years. TV ratings and fan interest spike whenever he's playing and in the mix.

Florence death toll rises to 43 as floods wreak havoc in Carolinas
Aerial view of farms flooded after the passing of Hurricane Florence in eastern North Carolina on September 17, 2018. Additionally, the Carolina Panthers staff and players will engage in direct service projects for impacted areas.

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor reacts to Jimmy Butler situation at owners’ meetings
Butler has clashed with Towns and Wiggins as teammates, league sources said. It's a double-edged sword for the Minnesota front office.

China says US has ‘no right’ to interfere in Russia military cooperation
The official, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, insisted that the sanctions were aimed at Moscow, not Beijing. While implementing the sanctions, Washington also added 33 Russians to the blacklist, bringing the total number to 72.

High sugar content makes supermarket yogurts an unhealthy choice
If you look at the sugar content of some yogurts in the supermarket, you might mistakenly think you're in the dessert aisle. Britain has been trying to reduce the amount of sugar in foods as one tactic to combat rising obesity in the country.

Cristiano Ronaldo To Face Further Ban?
Ronaldo was left in tears after the decision and nearly every Juventus player since then has come out to support their teammate. Alex Sandro lifts the lid on how Cristiano Ronaldo has reacted following his sending off in the Champions League .

India Oil Firm Cancels Imports from Iran
UCO Bank and IDBI Bank have been identified to route the payment as the two have no exposure to the USA financial system. The remaining 45 per cent payment was remitted in rupees in accounts Iranian oil companies had with the UCO Bank.

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas wear Indian dress for engagement party
Chopra kept it traditional in a beige net saree by the designer and beau Jonas too opted for a black bandhgala by Malhotra. The party, a star-studded affair, was attended by Karan Johar , Ranbir Kapoor, Gauri Khan, Sachin Tendulkar, etc.

Anthony Joshua weighs in nearly two stone heavier than Alexander Povetkin
The fight has a reported £26m purse with Joshua expected to take home up to £20m while Povetkin will receive £6m. Wilder has 39 knockouts in 40 fights and has scored knockouts in each of his previous seven title defenses.

Man Utd boss Mourinho takes fresh shot at Pochettino's Tottenham
Wednesday night saw United get their Champions League campaign off to a good start, beating Swiss champions Young Boys 3-0 away from home.

China cancels trade talks with U.S. amid escalation in tariff threats
That would mean another $267 billion of Chinese imports would be subject to USA tariffs - in all, every item imported from China. Walmart confirmed it sent the letter and in a statement to Reuters urged the two countries to find solutions.

Tests confirm West Nile-infected mosquitoes in area
"Horse owners need to work with their veterinarians to make sure their animals are appropriately vaccinated for West Nile virus". City Manager Barry Sullivan says the West Nile positive mosquito was trapped on the 500 block of Davis St, across Lindsay St.

Cruz to Take on Senate Challenger O'Rourke in Debate
The candidates will also debate on September 30 at the University of Houston and on October 16 in San Antonio. He has complained that outside Democratic groups are providing O'Rourke with a fundraising advantage.