Floods and Flooding

Rescuer clung to boy plucked from Arizona flash flood

As Steve West dangled from a rope hooked to a hovering helicopter, he wrapped his arms tightly around the 4-year-old boy he had just plucked from raging floodwaters below.

West, a Pima County sheriff's deputy among those sent to rescue hikers stranded in a canyon, was scared the child would fall through the harness that seemed loose around his small frame. But West managed to safely hoist the boy into the helicopter and away from the rapids that forced him and his father atop a boulder.

The two were among 17 hikers stuck Sunday in the scenic canyon on Tucson's outskirts when a flash flood swept through the area. All but two were rescued from Tanque Verde Falls on Sunday...

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