Dangerous Monsoon rescues over the years

TUCSON, Ariz. - Over the past couple years, rescuers have put their lives on the line to save people who get caught in monsoon flooding. 

"Nobody is immune, mother nature is unforgiving," said.... with the Tucson Fire Department. 

Flash floods during monsoon can happen in minutes and TFD says this is one of its busiest seasons. 

In 2016 a swift water call near Ft. Lowell and Oracle.

An SUV swept down a wash and ended up pinned against a concrete bridge. Crews had to break into the rear window and pull the driver out to safety. 

Another swift water rescue last year on the northwest side, TFD says a gentleman in a pickup truck went to go across a crossing and the water rose too quick trapping him. 

An eight-person crew locked arms and rescued a man in knee deep water. 

"I was just happy to help," said..... , another TFD firefighter. 

TFD says water can rise too fast sometimes and in some situations, they may not be able to help.

"There have been other rescues where I have watched people wash away... knowing it was going to be their last minutes of life and there is nothing we can do to help them," said..............

In September of 2014, a couple attempted to drive across Cadillac Wash when strong waters picked the vehicle up and pushed it downstream.

Police say the husband was able to make it out, while his wife 76-year-old Juleen Ross died. 

On a Sunday evening in July of last year, 17 people were rescued because of a flash flood right here at Tanque Verde Falls it was one of the biggest rescues in Pima County.

Rescuers pulled 15 people, including a 4-year-old boy, from the area and airlifted them to safety.

That same week, a flash flood in Sabino Canyon trapped nearly 30 people. Feet of rushing water rippled over trail crossings and stranded some people holding onto a tree for their life.

As for this year, TFD's motto during monsoon is 'Turn around, don't drown.'  


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