"There were three people submerged in water clinging to a tree one with a four-year-old child on their shoulders," says Shelley Litten, Volunteer with Southern Arizona Rescue Association. "The family was in imminent danger, if they lost their grip they were going down stream probably into rapid conditions."
Pima County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call at 5:38 p.m. Sunday evening. The female caller said, her family was trapped.
"Once we go out there, we realized there were many people stranded on the wrong side of the canyon and by the rising waters," says Litten.
Helicopters airlifted the people stranded to safety.
"We were able to hoist those individuals out and fly them over to our landing zone," said Erik Maldonado, Search and Rescue Supervisor with PCSD.