Jul 5, 2012 6:45 PM

Teenage horseback rider rescued from flooded wash Wednesday

TUCSON - Yesterday, the Pima County Sheriff's Department received a call about a female teen who was on a horse and had gotten stuck in the Blanco Wash.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department responded to the incident location, close to Lambert Lane and Derringer Road, supported by deputies of the Sheriff's Search & Rescue Unit and the Avra Valley Fire Department.

On arrival to the scene, deputies discovered a 13-year-old girl stuck on an island in the center of the wash.

Deputies learned that the girl originally with her 15-year-old friend, also on horseback, when they attempted to cross the wash, and while the 13-year-old and her horse were swept away, the older girl safely remained ashore.

Once in the water, the 13-year-old was able to pull herself onto a sandbank, where she became trapped by the rising water.

Along with Department of Public Safety (DPS) Air Rescue Unit, several attempts were made by Avra Valley firefighters to get the girl, but they were essentially unable to get to her.

Eventually a DPS helicopter was able to land on the sandbank to rescue the teenager, who was then flown to Avra Valley Airport, where she was medically checked and found uninjured.

Both the young adults and their horses remained uninjured and were returned to their guardians.


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