New details in big rescue at Bear Canyon - Tucson News Now

New details in big rescue at Bear Canyon

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson News Now has learned new details about a massive rescue at Bear Canyon. Approximately 50 hikers are home, safe after raging floodwaters left them stranded.

Raging waters turned a fun day of hiking into a rescue. 

"Just because the water is low now, and it's not raining ....it's a sunny day," Jason Bowman of the Pima County Search and Rescue Association said, "does not mean there's no risk."

Bowman says the water will often rise after the storm. The hikers were trapped by runoff water into the canyon after record rainfall Saturday.

"We received our first call from a smaller group that was located at Sabino who advised they were trapped by floodwater," said Tom Peine, a spokesman for Pima County Sheriff's Department.

It was a full blown search. The sheriff's department had help from DPS and S.A.R.A. The six-hour search lasting well into the night had crews looking by ground and up above.

Tucson News Now has learned one mother who was with her two children didn't want to be rescued by helicopter because she feared it would cost too much. Instead, they braved the rapid waters by themselves. Search and rescue crews tells us all rescue services are free.

"We'd rather get you out of the dangerous situation when you're not that bad rather than you being out there and having to call us later," said Bowman. "When something is more serious and we have to take more risks ourselves."

No major injuries were reported.

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