Hurricane Florence: Family Demands Answers After 2 Mental Health Patients Drowned

Water from The Little Pee Dee River floods business and washes out part of Rte. 301

The Horry County Sheriff's Office was driving the women to a mental health facility in SC on Tuesday night, September 18, when the van was overcome with floodwaters near U.S. Highway 76 and Pee Dee Island Road in Marion County.

Thompson said there was one door to the containment area of the van where women were trapped.

By the time a rescue team arrived, the deputies were stranded on top of the van and it was too late for the women.

In a release, Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson said his office would cooperate with the probe.

"We want those who are responsible to be held accountable", it reads in part.

The coroner in neighboring Marion County confirmed the two deceased patients were female, and the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident, according to the statement. Richardson said the deputy who was driving had been "trying to negotiate through fast-running water, and it just didn't work out".

The van was traveling west on Highway 76 into neighboring Marion County when floodwaters overcame the vehicle.

It was being driven by deputies from the Horry County Sheriff's Office.




The patients were being taken from Loris Hospital and Waccamaw Mental Health Hospital to McLeod, according to WPDE.

"Tonight's incident is a tragedy. It makes it seem like someone took a very unnecessary risk". "It's come up 2 feet (0.6 metres) since just last night".

Richardson says the incident happened near the Little Pee Dee River, which is one of the bodies of water officials are monitoring for intense flooding following Florence.

Holden said that deputies tried to get the victims out but couldn't.

Harrowing police scanner audio provides details of the efforts to save the women, who could be heard talking as rescuers scrambled to save them.

Bishop and Flood have been placed on administrative leave while three separate investigations are conducted into the deaths.

Hershberger said that her mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia three years ago and took medication for the condition; a new therapist who Green visited on September 18, determined she needed to be committed to a mental institution.

Justin Bamberg, a state lawmaker and lawyer who has represented the families of several people injured or killed by law enforcement officers, said Wednesday he's perplexed by the decision to transport anyone in such uncertain weather conditions. The two deaths will push Florence's toll across three states to almost 40 victims.

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