Driver dies trying to cross flooded river in Yavapai CountyPosted: Updated:
The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office says one person died Tuesday while trying to cross a flooded river.
The victim has been identified as 59-year-old Cottonwood resident Robert Kind.
At approximately 630 a.m., YCSO received a call of a single vehicle attempting to cross Beaver Creek at Reay Road in Rimrock.
The caller indicated the vehicle was beginning to float away and appeared to contain only the driver.
A swift water rescue team was called out and local fire units responded. The weather remained very stormy in the area and visibility was very poor.
At about 7:15 a.m., fire personnel located the vehicle. It was almost completely submerged in the river some distance from the crossing.
The swift water team was deployed but could not get a complete view of the vehicle interior.
As a result, officials ordered a full search effort covering the area where the vehicle was submerged.
Around 11:45 a.m., a DPS Ranger crew flying over the creek bed spotted the victim's body a little less than a mile from the submerged vehicle.
Recovery operations quickly got underway.
Officials say they want to warn the public again that no one should attempt "low water' crossings, and that it takes very little water to carry a vehicle away.
[READ MORE: YCSO: Creeks, rivers run high after downpours]
Crews in Sedona faced another grim situation Tuesday.
Sedona fire crews were called to check on a reported unresponsive person in the water below Midgley Bridge.
After making their way to the victim, crews determined that person in the water was deceased.
Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.
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