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7/31/2013 8:39:00 PM
Sheriff's deputies, volunteers rescue river tubers near Paulden
Sheriff's deputies rescued two men from the Verde River near Paulden the same day floodwaters washed out two access roads into the community.Photo courtesy Denver Gullick
Sheriff's deputies rescued two men from the Verde River near Paulden the same day floodwaters washed out two access roads into the community.
Photo courtesy Denver Gullick
Chino Valley Review


Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies on Sunday, July 28, rescued two men, ages 25 and 30, after they were reported overdue from a trip tubing the upper Verde River.

Dwight D'Evelyn, sheriff's office spokesman, said the men had been dropped off around 5:30 p.m. at the Bear Siding Camp area off Perkinsville Road, outside of Paulden.

When it became dark and the men had not arrived at their pre-arranged destination by 7:45 p.m., a friend called to report them overdue. Deputies on the scene checked a downstream bridge crossing and found one of the pair, who had been yelling for help, at about 10 p.m. They rescued him in good condition.

The sheriff's office called for the DPS Ranger helicopter, along with members of the Back Country rescue team, to search for the other man. The Ranger crew found him a mile downstream from the Bear Siding camping area. The Ranger crew landed and offered assistance to the man, but he refused. The Ranger then dropped two members of the Back Country team neaer the man and they convinced him to accept help. They escorted him to safety and he was then taken in good condition to his Chino Valley home. He was wearing only swim trunks and had no means of communication, D'Evelyn said.

The Forest Patrol supervisor noted the high probability of flash flooding around the Verde River at this time, very much increasing the danger to both, D'Evelyn said.

The rescue came on the same day floodwaters from upstream washed out two access roads into Paulden.





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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, August 5, 2013
Article comment by: MIKE B.

MAYBE PEOPLE NEED A REMINDER OF WHAT HAPPEN BACK IN 2005 IN PRESCOTT. TWO YOUNG GUYS WERE KAYAKING DOWN GRANET CREEK WHICH WAS FULL WITH WATER. THEY TRIED TO GO THRU A CULVERT LIKE THE PHOTO ABOVE AN DIDN'T MAKE IT. THEY WERE BOTH DECAPATATED.



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