Woman & dog rescued from sandbar in flooded Tucson wash

2013-07-06T19:20:00Z Woman & dog rescued from sandbar in flooded Tucson washKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 06, 2013 7:20 pm  • 

A woman and her dog, trapped on a sandbar by floodwaters, were rescued Friday evening.

A woman was walking her dog after 7 p.m. along Pantano Wash near South Pantano Parkway and East Golf Links Road, when she saw a woman in her early 20s “on an island in the wash surrounded by fast moving water,” Capt. Chris Jurvig, spokesman for the Tucson Fire Department, said in a news release.

TFD crews arrived within minutes and the Technical Rescue Team “deployed downstream with rope throw bags and floatation devices in case anyone ended up in the river,” Jurvig said. “Because it was unclear if the water was still rising time was critical.”

Members of the Technical Rescue Team “formed a wedge while crossing the river and placed the victim inside the wedge where the water is less turbulent,” Jurvig said.

A Tucson Police Department helicopter was on scene providing light from above to assist with the rescue.

From arrival at the scene to the moment the woman safely was ashore, the rescue took 31 minutes, Jurvig said. All total of 26 firefighters from 11 units participated in the rescue.

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