Watch Ariz. Police Officers' Dramatic Raging Water Rescue

Aug. 2, 2022
Body camera footage captured two Apache Junction police officers, a detention officer and a Mesa firefighter pulling a motorist trapped in an SUV in rushing floodwaters.

Arizona police officers and other first responders saved a woman stranded in her SUV in raging monsoon floodwaters last week.

The rescue happened Thursday in Apache Junction. Body camera footage captured two police officers, a detention officer and a Mesa firefighter responding to a motorist whose vehicle had become caught in a rushing torrent in Weekes Wash, the department stated in a social media post.

In the video, the first responders are seen working quickly to secure the SUV, which is mostly submerged in the current. Officers then brave the rushing water to pull the trapped woman from her vehicle.

Although the rescuers were able to save the woman, they were unable to rescue her dog from the water.

The Apache Junction area had been pummeled by heavy downpours Thursday, causing flash flooding. The police department responded to two dozen calls dealing with the severe weather.

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