2 detainees drown as van swept into S. Carolina flood waters

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two female detainees have drowned when a van was swept away in rising South Carolina flood waters.

Horry County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Brooke Holden says a sheriff’s office van was carrying two detainees and two deputies to Darlington Tuesday night when it was overtaken by flood waters.

Officials say the van was near the Little Pee Dee River, one of the bodies of water state officials are watching following the heavy rains of Florence.

Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson confirmed to The Associated Press the victims were female. Their names have not been released.

Holden says deputies tried to get the detainees out but couldn’t. Rescue teams plucked the deputies from the top of the van.

State police are investigating.

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