2 NC men drown after car goes into pond

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LORIS, S.C. (WBTW) – Horry County Fire Rescue crews confirm divers have pulled the bodies of two victims from a pond in Loris after searching the water for hours early Saturday morning.

According to the Horry County Deputy Coroner Michelle McSpadden, the two victims pulled from the pond are Edgar Domenico-Torres, 23, and Phillip Taylor, 26, both from Tabor City, North Carolina.FACEBOOK USERS: Click here to view larger photos

The coroner, who identified the pair Sunday afternoon, says they died as a result of drowning.

According to Horry County Fire Rescue spokesperson Mark Nugent, rescue dive operations began around 10 a.m. Saturday.

Rescue divers started searching the pond, located off of Hulls Island Road, when someone called 911 around 2:42 a.m. to report a vehicle submerged in the water.

The caller told rescue crews that a person was on top of the vehicle, which turned out to be a dark blue Hyundai Sonata.

Horry County Fire Rescue requested rescue dive teams and Loris Fire also responded to the call, which is east of Loris and about a mile from the North Carolina state line in Horry County.

Dive rescue operations began in the early morning hours, but no victims were found. Divers resumed their search at 10 a.m. Saturday, according to tweets from Horry County Fire Rescue.

Officials say the car was submerged in 18 feet of water, and after searching for a little more than two hours, rescue divers recovered the bodies of two victims.

Officials have not commented on what caused the car to crash into the pond.WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON:

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