Phoenix family rescued after becoming stranded in Yavapai County

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix family was rescued after becoming stranded in an area off Bloody Basin Road on New Year's Day.

A man contacted the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office at 6:30 p.m. and told dispatchers that he, his wife and two children were stranded after their truck got stuck in a ditch.

He was unable to provide detailed directions to their location, according to sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn.

The family had driven to the area from Cave Creek.

D'Evelyn said the truck was still running and providing heat and the family had water and food with them.

Dispatchers worked with a cellphone service provider to obtain GPS coordinates and members of the Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team 4x4 Unit headed out to search for the family of four.

The team located them just after 10 p.m.

"The efforts of these incredible volunteers prevented the family from an overnight stay in frigid temperatures," D'Evelyn said in a news release.

The family's truck will be recovered at a later time.