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The Georgetown Sheriff's Office provided this picture of a man who deputies say escaped from the Georgetown hospital May 17 while in custody.

UPDATE: Swails was captured before 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Georgetown County deputies are searching for a prisoner they say escaped from the Georgetown hospital Friday morning.

Deputies are searching for 30-year-old Vernon O’Brian Swails, 30. He's described as white, 6 feet tall and 150 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant on Thursday. He was being treated at the hospital.

Reports said the man, wearing blue jeans and a white shirt, jumped out a window at the hospital and fled toward the Willowbank area sometime before 11 a.m.

People who see Swails should call 911.

A similar situation happened late Thursday when a woman who was in custody escaped from the hospital while in handcuffs. She was apprehended a short time later.