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Deputies: Three found safe after getting swept down San Pedro River

Three people were able to escape after they were washed an estimated four miles down the San...
Three people were able to escape after they were washed an estimated four miles down the San Pedro River(Cochise County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jul. 20, 2021 at 10:40 PM MST|Updated: Jul. 22, 2021 at 10:57 AM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Three people were found alive and unharmed Tuesday, July 20 after they were swept four miles downriver after getting stuck in the San Pedro River.

The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to Escalante Crossing in St. David around 6:20 a.m. about a group (three people and two vehicles) stuck in the mud.

The person then called back to say the people had been swept away.

As first responders arrived, another caller said they found three people at SR 80 who had said they had been washed downriver.

Authorities went to that location and determined they were the same ones who had been swept away at Escalante Crossing.

One of the men in the group said he’d followed Google Maps around to find a way around a closure. Because it was dark, he didn’t see the river and got stuck in the mud.

He then called relatives in Douglas for help and they got stuck during the rescue attempt.

The three were washed about four miles downstream, according to the CCSO.

SR 80 in the area is closed for a week due to a sinkhole and deputies said the only safe detour is taking SR 90 to SR 82.

“Do not attempt to find alternate routes that can put your safety at risk,” the CCSO said.

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