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Swift water teams rescue boys from Beaver Creek
Written by Christopher Fox Graham   
Monday, 27 December 2010 00:00

On Thursday, Dec. 23, at approximately 5 p.m., Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of two juveniles stranded mid-stream in Beaver Creek. The caller who resides on Park Lane in Rimrock, met deputies and directed them to the exact location.

Just after 6 p.m., the two boys were brought safely to shore by the four-man swift water rescue team. Both were cold and wet, but in good condition and did not require hospitalization.

Lake Montezuma-Rimrock and Camp Verde fire district swift water rescue personnel prepare the retrieve two boys stranded in Beaver Creek on Thursday, Dec. 23.Deputies learned the boys had entered the water further upstream using a makeshift wooden raft. They lost control of the raft ending up on the tree in the middle of Beaver Creek. They were stuck for nearly two hours before being rescued and were smart not to attempt a crossing towards shore.

This incident could have resulted in tragedy had the two “rafters” been unable to stabilize their movement and maintain position while waiting for rescuers.

Entering any swift moving water area is extremely dangerous, according to YCSO. Flow rates have escalated as the amount of water increases due to recent snow and rain. Even seemingly shallow water areas can be deceiving and dangerous, so use extreme caution while near river or canyon streams. Children walking near the river should be accompanied by an adult. All pedestrians are encouraged to stay on established pathways and trails. Never allow children to play along river ways unattended.

Remember, it only takes two feet of moving water to lift a car and float it downstream. 

Contact YCSO at (928) 771-3260.

 

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