"It's still hard, we've got rising, rapid water, debris-infested water, dark water, and the vehicle is all the way under the water now", Richardson said Wednesday afternoon.
"This will be investigated thoroughly, at all different aspects of the investigation", Thompson said.
"It hasn't been confirmed to me that they did, but here's my question: There's barriers there".
Thompson said he did not think the women were in restraints in the back of the van, noting that restraints are used for combative patients "and I understand they were not".
"We have very intense training for folks that go into transport", Thompson said. She was driving through the area and said she wanted to check on everything and make sure everyone was OK.
Nicolette's daughters said they will always remember the happy moments with their mother.
Their names also yielded no records in the Horry County jail and court index systems.
Officials said the van was near the Little Pee Dee River, one of the bodies of water state officials were watching following the heavy rains of Florence.
The two deputies attempted to extricate the persons being transported.
"They got out and tried to open the van to get the ladies out", Thompson told reporters on Wednesday.
Richardson said the van came across rising water and was carried off the road.
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The van was traveling west on Highway 76 into neighboring Marion County when floodwaters overcame the vehicle.
Answering a question as to why the women were moved amid Hurricane Florence, Thompson said it was protocol.
Green's sister added, "The officers were on - what appears to be - a completely closed off, flooded road".
In all, Hurricane Florence has contributed to at least 37 deaths, including at least 27 in North Carolina, officials say. Two individuals being transported by our HCSO van were involved in a high-water incident and died.
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Newton had posted on her Facebook page that she previously had been hospitalized for mental illness.
We are now working with the SCDNR to recover the vehicle. Rescue teams responded in time to save the deputies.
We are working hand-in-hand with the State Law Enforcement Division to cooperate in this investigation.
Bishop and Flood have been placed on administrative leave while three separate investigations are conducted into the deaths.