Deaths after peep flood hits swimming hole


More than 100 people were suspicion to have been at the Cold Springs Swimming Hole in Tonto National Forest when the flood struck on Saturday afternoon.

The organisation was from Phoenix and Flagstaff and the victims operation in age from a 60-year-old lady to a two-year-old girl.

Water Wheel Fire and Medical District Fire Chief Ron Sattelmaier pronounced the flood was sparked by a serious thunderstorm in a remote area that had been burned by a new wildfire.

It is estimated that the water reached a tallness of 6ft.

About a dozen other people are missing, including a 13-year-old boy.

Four people were discovered by helicopter and taken to hospital with hypothermia.

Mr Sattelmaier said: “They had no warning – they listened a bark and it was on top of them.

“It’s flattering much liberation (now). We don’t trust there’s anybody left out there.”

Footage available by Disa Alexander shortly after the flood showed a man in a tree holding his baby as water rushed around him.

The man’s partner was nearby, also sticking to a tree.

The flooding happened during charge season, but it had not been raining where the swimmers were.

Mr Sattelmaier said: “I wish there was a way (of) gripping people from getting in there during monsoon season.

“It happens every year.”

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