By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Source: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office (Information and Press Release)
Pictures: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue (Courtesy)
Golden Valley, Arizona: A swiftwater rescue of a woman holding onto sign post in rushing water occurred on Monday, July 25th, 2022 along Shinarump Road at Agate Road.
According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue, about 5:00 p.m., the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a local construction crew that had come across a 42 year old female who was in a running wash, holding onto a sign post in rushing water up to her waist.
Deputies and Search and Rescue responded to the scene.
Pictures posted publicly by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue show the woman holding onto a sign post as well as flooded roadway and a vehicle in the water.
As waters began to recede, the Deputies were able to walk her out of the wash.
With more rain in the forecast this week, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue wants to remind everyone to not enter travel through flooded roadways.
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, it’s easy to underestimate the force and power of water; it takes just 12 inches of water to carry away your vehicle.
Unless you want to risk paying steep fines in addition to risking your life, don’t drive around a “Road Closed” sign. It’s against the law.
If you survive, you may be cited and ordered (https://www.azleg.gov/ars/28/00910.htm) to shell out up to $2,000 to any entity that incurs expenses rescuing you.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of all flood-related drownings occur when motorists attempt to cross a flooded road and are instead swept downstream.
So no matter how tired you are, how badly you want to relax, how hungry you are and how late you’ll be to an appointment, it’s not worth the trouble that can occur if you don’t just “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!”
Thanks to all the deputies and search and rescue crews who responded and helped during the swiftwater rescue.