Flash flooding strands 17 hikers in southeastern Arizona

Flash flooding stranded 17 hikers, including a 4-year-old child.

Flash flooding from monsoon storms in southeastern Arizona stranded 17 hikers in the Tanque Verde Falls area of Redington Pass Sunday.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department said they used a helicopter to pull eight people, including a 4-year-old boy, from the raging flood waters.

Overnight, crews worked to save seven of the remaining nine hikers.

The Sheriff's Department waited for the sun to come up Monday morning to save the final two adults. Three search and rescue teams dropped the two food, water and blankets before they were finally able to get them to safety just before 7 a.m.

The two hikers were not in danger of being swept away.

 

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