By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Source: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue (Information and Press Release)
Pictures: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue (Courtesy)
Golden Valley, Arizona: Another swift water rescue has occurred on Monday, August 15th, 2022 of a man stranded in the Sacramento Wash along Oatman Road near Mesquite Road.
According to a press release from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue, at about 2:00 a.m. Monday, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office received a call for help of a 58-year-old male traveling in a Chevy Silverado truck that had become stranded near Mile Post 40 on Oatman Road in the Sacramento Wash with waters rushing around it.
This is the third reported vehicle that went into this wash past a barricaded road closed sign and three other signs in less than a 24-hour period.
In addition, multiple other vehicles proceeded beyond the barricaded sign.
The driver of this vehicle was cited for the costs of the rescue.
As they were driving down the road, all these safety warnings were in place:
1 – a reflective flashing-illuminated sign that states “ROAD MAY BE FLOODED”,
2 – a reflective sign that states “WHEN FLOODED TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN”,
3 – a physical barrier in the roadway that states “ROAD CLOSED”, and
4 – a reflective sign that states “DO NOT ENTER WHEN FLOODED”.
All of these signs indicate that there is DANGER ahead.
The pictures from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue were taken during the evening last Sunday were 2 separate swift water rescues occurred in the exact same location as today’s swift water rescue; the barricades and signage were already up following those swift water rescues.
Your Search and Rescue and local First Responders are perplexed and cannot understand how these signs could be misinterpreted. Any thoughts?
Great work to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue.