At approximately 2:00 p.m. Rural Metro Fire Department responded to an area of Queen Creek wash in San Tan Valley (N. Kenworthy @ E Chelsea Dr). Initial reports indicated two persons stranded in the flooded wash, located on a small section of elevated grass and trees.
On scene crews on Engine 842 and Rescue 859 quickly located the subjects in the middle of the flooded wash. Surrounded by fast-moving water, Rural Metro Firefighters assembled a swift water team and rescue gear. Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputies also on scene had worked their way out to the stranded subjects, during which one of the deputy’s boots were washed clean off his feet.
A team of five Rural Metro crew members worked through the hazardous flood waters to the stranded parties. The original two subjects were assessed and due to extreme fatigue and the onset of hypothermic conditions, the most appropriate method of rescue was determined to be the use of a helicopter.
With the assistance of the Department of Public Safety Ranger helicopter and their highly skilled crew, Rural Metro team members were able to utilize a long line harness and lift a male and a female from the flooded island. The subjects were identified as residents in the area and said to be in their early 20’s. Reportedly their truck became disabled south of the area on N. Kenworthy, North of E. Combs Rd. The two decided to walk home to the Pecan Creek subdivision when they came across the flooded wash. While attempting to walk across the wash, the female slipped and fell into the water. The male subject jumped in after her and they both got washed down the flooded waterway until they were able to grab onto some brush.
Almost 2 hours after the initial call, both subjects, the deputies and each Rural Metro Fire Department crew member were safely on dry land. The male and female were evaluated on scene and released.
Please help us extend a sincere thank you to the Department of Public Safety, Ranger Helicopter crew, Pinal County Sheriffs, and the crews from Rural Metro Fire Department Station 842, 841, and 859 for their bravery and skill during this rescue. It rests solely on their prior training, preparation and teamwork that this rescue was made quickly, efficiently, and safely.
We can’t express enough to the public the dangers of crossing flooded washes. A reminder that either on foot or in a vehicle; “Turn around, Don’t Drown.”
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