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Two female mental health patients drown while chained up in police van

20 September 2018, 07:44 | Melissa Porter

Two female mental health patients drown while chained up in police van

Two female mental health patients drown while chained up in police van

Nicolette Green and Wendy Newton were both killed while riding in a Horry County Sheriff's Office van after the vehicle became overcome by flood waters during 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.

A statement from the Horry County Sheriff's Office claims that the deputies tried to free the women from the back of the van as it was flooded by fast-rising waters, but they were unsuccessful, The Cut reported. He said it's typical for deputies to transport mental-health patients, and restraints aren't used if the patients aren't a threat.

Officials say the van was traveling near the Little Pee Dee River, one of the bodies of water officials in SC are watching closely as water continues to poor into the state from upriver in North Carolina following the heavy rains of Florence. According to the report, the two deputies climbed to the top of the van and were rescued by a high water team. The inmates have not been recovered.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson said, "They're both still under the water".

"Once those orders are issued, we don't place those people in a detention centre", Thompson said.

Last night, we had a tragedy.

A press release from the Horry County Sheriff's Office said that the van had been carrying two detainees. Richardson later told the Washington Post that sheriff's deputies often transfer mental-health patients saying, "It's a courtesy they do". "Just like you, we have questions we want answered".

Recovery efforts were underway Wednesday, said Thom Berry, a spokesman for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

"I know that it is a very sad situation so ive just been praying for the victims and the families of the victims", said Martin. "We are fully cooperating with the State Law Enforcement Division to support their investigation of this event". Flood stage for the Little Pee Dee is 9 feet.

The SCDOT added the driver of the vehicle had to go around a barrier to get stuck where they were. Two deputies were in the van with them, though Wenton and Green were in the back. In March, Christopher Bennett died after eating drugs and suffering medical issues, a SLED investigation found.

At the time of writing, the van is still in the water.

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