Heroic First Responders Rescue 25 People Trapped In Flooding Canyon

A large group of hikers in Arizona’s Coronado National Forest recently became trapped in Bear Canyon when flood waters came rushing through a crossing point. Fortunately, all 25 individuals — including four children — were rescued without serious injury when firefighters and other local first responders arrived on the scene.

Reports indicate water was moving at roughly 3,000 cubic feet per second, which is about 10 times faster than experts say is safe to cross. Upon arrival, fire crews decided to use a ladder to reach the individuals as quickly as possible as the water level continued to rapidly rise.

As is typical during monsoon season across the region, shifting winds led to a large amount of rain within a short period of time. While such flooding can prove fatal in certain situations, the only injury reported in this case was a sprained ankle.

The Tucson Fire Department expressed appreciation for its “close connections … with neighboring agencies that make quick rescues like this possible.”

Rescue teams across Arizona must be prepared for a variety of severe weather situations, most notably extreme heat. Earlier this year, a group of eight hikers filming footage for a reality show were rescued from a mountain in Phoenix as the temperature hit 108 degrees.

As one of the rescued hikers later recalled, the team “had no idea going into it that this apparently was one of the hardest trails in Phoenix.”

First responders approached the hikers on foot and with a helicopter, which transported five of the individuals safely from the mountain. The remaining three were able to walk back down the trail.

Reports indicate the hikers were ill-prepared for the conditions and ran out of water. Another individual in the group described how she and the others began feeling progressively worse.

“We kept stopping, and then we had no more water,” Tatiana Robinson said. “So the more that we stopped, the harder it got.”

After the hikers made an emergency call for help, dozens of firefighters were dispatched to the mountain and used a drone to help pinpoint the group’s position. Whether in response to floods, heat, or any other type of emergency situation, rescue teams are always prepared to put their own safety at risk to help strangers in need.