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A helicopter flies above the rugged terrain along the banks of the East Verde River during a search and rescue operation for victims of a flash flood on Sunday, July 16, 2017, in Payson, Ariz. Search and rescue crews, including 40 people on foot and others in a helicopter, have recovered bodies of children and adults, some as far as two miles down the river after Saturday's flash flooding poured over a popular swimming area inside the Tonto National Forest in central Arizona. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

Multiple people were killed in a flash flood at an Arizona swimming hole


Updated July 16, 2017 06:38 PM EDT

The death toll from the flash flooding in Arizona's Tonto National Forest has risen to eight. Many others are still believed to be missing.

At least four people are dead and several others are missing after flash flooding swept away a group of people at a swimming hole inside the Tonto National Forest in central Arizona.

Water Wheel Fire and Medical District Fire Chief Ron Sattelmaier said more than 100 people were in the Cold Springs swimming hole Saturday afternoon when the thunderstorm hit.

Three bodies were recovered Saturday and another was found Sunday morning. A child was among those killed. Four of those rescued were taken to the hospital for hypothermia.

At this point, officials said about a dozen more people remain unaccounted for.

"It's pretty much recovery (now). We don't believe there's anybody left out there," Sattelmaier said.

Sattelmaier added that when the thunderstorm hit about 8 miles upstream, it quickly caused flooding the canyon where the swimmers were located. It's monsoon season in Arizona, so weather like this can strike without warning.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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