All stranded hikers make it out of Bear Canyon safely - Tucson News Now

All stranded hikers make it out of Bear Canyon safely

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Rescuers assisted at least 50 hikers in Bear Canyon after they were stranded Saturday night because of floodwaters.

All missing hikers were safe and accounted for around 8:30 p.m., Pima County Sheriff Tom Peine said, ending a six-hour ordeal. The first call to 9-1-1 came at 2:18 p.m. Saturday.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter carried six hikers out of the popular destination east of Tucson.

Some were located by sheriff's deputies, and others walked out by themselves.

A missing 17-year-old man was reported lost earlier Saturday afternoon. He found his own way out around 8 p.m., Peine said.

The hikers were trapped by runoff water into the canyon after record rainfall in Tucson earlier Saturday.

A Sun Tran bus was sent to Sabino Canyon to help hikers back to their vehicles.

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