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2 dead after sheriff’s van is swept away in S. Carolina

A home is seen inundated with water from cresting rivers from the rains caused by Hurricane Florence as it passed through the area on September 18, 2018 in Linden, North Carolina. The area was inundated with rain that caused concern for large-scale flooding in the North Carolina and South Carolina area. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Authorities confirmed Tuesday night that  two detainees drowned when a van was swept away in rising flood waters in South Carolina.

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

Officials say the van was traveling near the Little Pee Dee River, one of the bodies of water officials in South Carolina are watching closely as water continues to poor into the state from upriver in North Carolina following the heavy rains of Florence.

Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson confirmed to AP earlier Tuesday that two women died in the incident. Their names have not been released.

Holden says the deputies tried to get the detainees out but couldn’t open the doors. High-water rescue teams plucked the deputies from the top of the van.

The incident is being investigated by the State Law Enforcement Division.

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