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Jul 17, 2012 4:10 PM

2 campers rescued from flash flood in Carr Canyon

SIERRA VISTA - Two people were rescued from a flash flood in Carr Canyon, south of Sierra Vista, Monday night - both had minor injuries after being rescued by swift water teams.

Cochise County Sheriff's deputies and Fry Fire medical personnel responded to a call stating an injured 22-year-old man was requesting help at a house in the 2000 block of Carr Canyon Road, south of Sierra Vista, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. The man said he was camping with friends in the lower Carr Canyon campground when he went into a stream with a 16-year-old girl.

He said that a wall of water then rushed down the stream and carried them down the wash and pulled them underwater. He said he did not know where the girl was or what happened to her.

The Cochise County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team and the Fry Fire Swift Water Rescue team responded, and further assistance was provided by an Arizona Department of Public Safety Ranger air support unit, the release states.

Rescuers found two men who said they were camping with the 22-year-old man and the 16-year-old girl - the men had crossed one wash in their truck, but continued down the mountain on foot to get help.

The DPS Ranger spotted the girl about one-eighth of a mile from where she was caught by flood waters, and swift water rescue teams brought her to safety, the release states. She was treated for mild hypothermia and some cuts and abrasions.

The 22-year-old man was transported to Sierra Vista Regional Health Care Center for treatment of his non-life-threatening injuries.

Image courtesy Cochise County Sheriff's Office via Facebook

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