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Boy swept by rainwater after falling into canal

Posted at 4:23 PM, Jul 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-24 20:08:38-04

Mesa fire officials say an 11-year-old boy suffered minor injuries after falling into a canal and being swept by water for several hundred yards.

They say the incident happened in southeast Mesa on Monday shortly before 11 a.m.
 
A woman who passed by reported seeing someone fall into the canal. Emergency responders set up perimeters at several locations, but the boy was able to get out of the water on his own. Aerial video showed a police officer carrying the boy to safety.
 
Mesa Fire Department spokesman Forrest Smith said the boy was able to stay safe by staying in a sitting position as the water carried him.
 
The incident happened during a monsoon rainstorm. Authorities have had to conduct several rescues this week as rains have trapped drivers and hikers around the state.