An Oro Valley teen had to be rescued from a wash Friday afternoon.

The 15-year-old went into Big Wash, off North Oracle Road south of Catalina State Park, when it was dry, but “while he was there, a flash flood came through stranding him on a small sand island,” Battalion Chief Josh Hurguy, spokesman for the Golder Ranch Fire District, said in a news release.

Golder Ranch crews were called to the wash at about 2:40 p.m.

“After the teen moved under his own power to another bank, emergency personnel were able to get him a rope and bring him the rest of the way to safety,” Hurguy said.

The rescue involved 14 firefighters and several officers from the Oro Valley Police Department.

The teen was uninjured.

“During the monsoon season, a wash or low crossing may initially dry, but can quickly become flooded with fast moving water and debris,” Hurguy warned. “The best course of action is to avoid any moving water crossing roadways, and stay out of washes during and after monsoon rains.”

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