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Rescuers save ATVers caught in raging Wet Beaver Creek

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Rescuers using ropes and a raft were able to bring ashore a 29-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman out of a swollen creek.

Kala Pearson/Courtesy photo<br> Rescuers using ropes and a raft were able to bring ashore a 29-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman out of a swollen creek.

A man and woman tried to cross the swollen Wet Beaver Creek in Rimrock Monday night on an ATV and discovered that was a mistake.

The four-wheeler was lost in the torrent that filled the creek, and the swift flow carried the couple downstream just before 8 p.m.

A 29-year-old man, who reportedly is deaf, and a 32-year-old woman were eventually able to grab onto brush growing at the side of the creek. They held on for up to three hours while a rescue party of trained crewmembers from Montezuma-Rimrock, Camp Verde and Sedona fire districts joined in the swift-water rescue.

The spill occurred at the Wet Beaver Creek crossing of Reay Road.

While the couple was in the rushing water, the creek flow rose from three to nearly five feet deep, according to Montezuma-Rimrock Fire Chief Mike Van Dyke.

Crews originally believed that both victims were handicapped and created special accommodations to help them ashore, with ropes stretching 90 feet across the creek. Sedona Fire loaded the man and woman into an inflatable raft and took them to shore. Reports indicate the couple did not suffer injuries in the incident.

The crews did not clear the scene until 11:30 p.m. Monday night.

Jon Hutchinson is a reporter for the Verde Independent in Cottonwood.

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