Two rescued in swift water rescue on Sunday - Tucson News Now

Two rescued in swift water rescue on Sunday

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'In-line' procedure used during swift water rescue (Source: Tucson Fire Department) 'In-line' procedure used during swift water rescue (Source: Tucson Fire Department)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - On Sunday evening Tucson Fire crews performed a swift water rescue of a father and his daughter on Tucson's far east side.

The TFD PIO was the first to arrive at the scene in the 4000 block of South Avenida de las Palmas; the mother was outside the home and yelled that her family was stuck in the wash behind their home.

According to the PIO the father made contact, stating he and his daughter were the only two stuck by the running water. Both father and daughter had climbed a tree to escape the flash flood.

Additional crews arrived on the scene and using an 'in-line' position four firefighters were able to rescue both father and daughter. According to TFD officials several units were also placed downstream from the family, in case anyone was swept away.

Both father and daughter were evaluated by crews on scene and though both were shaken up neither required medical attention.

The Tucson Fire Department is offering these safety tips and reminders during the monsoons - most flash flood deaths occur in vehicles; moving water one to two feet deep will carry away most vehicles and can knock a person off their feet; keep children away from creeks and washes when heavy rain is in the area; be especially careful at night when water depth and road conditions are harder to see.

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