Nine Dead, Boy Missing After Flash Flood at Arizona Swimming Hole –


The aftermath of a deadly flash flood that struck a family gathering in Arizona took another grim turn Sunday as more bodies were recovered, bringing the total number of deaths to nine, officials said.

The search for the remaining missing person, a 13-year-old boy, continued along the Verde River in the Tonto National Forest north of Phoenix, officials said. The bodies of a 2-year-old girl and another victim were found Sunday afternoon, Gila County sheriff’s Detective Sgt. David Hornung said.

Fourteen people in all were washed away when the flash flood struck at the Cold Springs Swimming Hole shortly before 3:19 p.m. Saturday local time (6:19 p.m. EDT), sheriff’s officials said. Four people were rescued on Saturday, Hornung said.

“It’s a tragedy,” Hornung said. As search and rescue teams looked for survivors, family members also searched for their loved ones on the banks of the river, he said. “I can’t even imagine what they’re going through,” he said.

Image: Rescue workers arrive to the scene of flash flooding at Cold Springs, north of Payson, Arizona
Rescue workers arrive to the scene of flash flooding at Cold Springs swimming hole, north of Payson, Arizona.