Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Mental Patients Chained in Back of Sheriff’s Van Drown During Florence

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Steve Townsend | 20 September, 2018, 10:39

They were headed to facilities in Darlington and Lancaster. "It's come up 2 feet (0.6 metres) since just last night". At this time, the recovery effort is ongoing, and the transportation vehicle can not be removed due to rising waters and unsafe conditions.

When it comes to the deputies who assist in transport, Thompson said that they have gone through extensive intense training.

"Tonight's incident is a tragedy".

Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson told reporters on Wednesday that 45-year-old Windy Newton and 43-year-old Nicolette Green were in the back of a containment van when rising waters carried it off the road Tuesday night in Marion County.

The incident is being investigated by the State Law Enforcement Division and SC highway patrol.

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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.

Forecasters predict some rivers in the northeastern area of the state might not reach their highest levels until later this week or next week.

As the van traveled down U.S. 76 - about a half-mile from the Little Pee Dee River, which separates Mullins from the town of Nichols - high water swept away the vehicle. "It makes it seem like someone took a very unnecessary risk in creating the problem in the first place". Or northbound motorists from Georgia could get off I-95 and take either I-26 or I-20 to Columbia and then catch I-77 to Charlotte, the agency said. At almost 7 p.m. Wednesday, State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry confirmed the bodies had been recovered. "People need to know exactly how it happened".

Under South Carolina law, people who have been certified by a physician as posing an imminent risk of harm to themselves by virtue of mental illness and are the subject of an involuntary emergency admission must be transported by law enforcement to whichever designated hospital has agreed to admit them, according to officials with the state's Department of Mental Health. "Just like you, we have questions we want answered", he said. By the time they got there, the van was underwater, and the deputies were on the roof. According to the report, the two deputies climbed to the top of the van and were rescued by a high water team.

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

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