UPDATE: Crews rescue last 2 hikers stranded by flash flood

Published: Jul. 24, 2017 at 1:26 AM MST|Updated: Jul. 24, 2017 at 10:49 AM MST
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(Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)
(Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)

PIMA COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Flash floods near Redington Pass left more than a dozen hikers stranded Sunday, July 23 at Tanque Verde Falls, according to the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

PCSD said 17 hikers were stranded. Crews were able to rescue 15 Sunday night, but rescue efforts were still ongoing for two people as of Monday morning, July 24.

Crews successfully rescued the last two hikers Monday before 7 a.m.

A release from PCSD just before 9:00 p.m. Sunday, July 23 stated eight people, including a 4-year-old boy, were pulled to safety with the help of the department's SHERIFF1 helicopter.

Crews managed to rescue seven more hikers on foot after flood waters subsided.

Members of the Southern Arizona Rescue Association (SARA) and Rural Metro Fire Department joined in the effort to help the 17 total hikers.

As of 10:50 p.m., volunteers with SARA at the scene said all but two of the hikers had been rescued. They estimate continued search efforts could last into the morning because of the location of the final two people.

The initial call for help came in just after 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

The sheriff's department added the following advisory:

We would like to use this as another reminder of the dangers of flash flooding, especially in areas like Redington Pass and Sabino Canyon. It takes time for the water to flow from the mountain down to the valley, and when it does it can be swift and deadly. All too often, hikers decide to hike just after it rains because the air temperature is cooler, not realizing they are walking into areas which are at an increased risk for flash flooding.

Tucson News Now has a news team on the way to Tanque Verde Falls so return to this story for updates.

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