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: Swift water rescues of 4 occupants from 2 separate vehicles stranded in the Sacramento Wash along Oatman Road near Mesquite Road on Sunday, August 14th, 2022.
According to a press release from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue, at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office received a call for help indicating that there two vehicles and 4 occupants that had become stranded in the Sacramento Wash on Oatman Road, near Mile Post 40 in Golden Valley.
A Cadillac sedan with a 37-year old female and a 15-year-old male, along with a brand new rented Chevy Colorado truck with a young couple visiting from France had proceeded past a “ROAD CLOSED” barricade and three other signs indicating the danger. This area of the Sacramento Wash has two washes separated by higher ground, which they parked on – but the waters continued to rise. Swift water rescue teams from Golden Valley Fire and Search and Rescue responded to the area. River Medical also responded to the scene. Upon arrival, the waters began to recede and eventually the occupants were brought across the wash to safety. They were 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.
Please spread the word that these swift waters are very dangerous and can be deadly. Not only does it put the driver of the vehicle in harms way, but also the passengers and first responders. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
Great work to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue and the Golden Valley Fire Department.