Firefighters Pull Off Rescue of 25 People in Arizona

Firefighters Pull Off Daring Rescue of 25 People in Arizona

25 People SAVED – Stunning Rescue Operation Completed!

( – The Coronado National Forest in Arizona announced a rescue of stranded hikers on August 13. High waters made crossings in Bear Canyon impassable, leaving 21 adults and four children stuck. Luckily, personnel from various search and rescue teams, fire stations, and the Coronado National Forest assisted with getting the individuals to safety.

The rescue operation involved firetrucks parking in low waters and extending their ladders over the crossing. The trapped hikers were able to walk across the makeshift bridges. A firefighter carried one of the children, an infant, to safety. One person suffered a sprained ankle, but that was the only reported injury.

Officials said the waters were moving at 3,000 CFS; safe crossing conditions are at 300 CFS or less. Due to a flash flood warning in Tucson, the Coronado National Forest Service issued a warning asking people to evacuate the Upper Sabino Canyon on August 12.

Heavy storms in the area brought torrential rainfall leading to the incident on the 13th. Arizona is nearing the end of its monsoon season, which runs from June to September. After the rescue, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department warned others to avoid all water crossing during these months.

In monsoon areas, the National Weather Service website suggests people avoid flood-prone locations like stream beds, arroyos, culverts and ditches and climb to higher ground. It also discourages people from driving into water, particularly if they’re unsure how deep it is.

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