Rescuers worked through the night to save a group of hikers in Arizona who were stranded by a flash flood, according to the Pima County Sheriff's Department.
A sheriff's department helicopter had airlifted eight of the 17 hikers, including a 4-year-old boy, from the Tanque Verde Falls area by around 10 p.m. Sunday, azcentral.com reports. Several hikers were still trapped late Sunday on the far side of Tanque Verde Canyon, approximately 20 miles east of Tuscon.
Because the conditions became unsafe for a helicopter, the Southern Arizona Rescue Association sent two teams of volunteers on foot to assist. One team made contact with the stranded hikers from a nearby shore and another was dispatched to try to reach them by descending from a cliff.
"At that time water levels will be reassessed and a decision will be made to help them out on the far side or cross the stream if conditions are safe,” the rescue association told ABC News.
Pima County Sheriff's Deputy Cody Gress told CNN this should serve as a reminder that areas like Redington Pass and Sabino Canyon are prone to flash flooding.
Flash flooding was also to blame for the deaths of nine people earlier this month just north of Phoenix.