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Feb 232020
 

TONTO BASIN, AZ — The Gila County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who went missing northeast of Roosevelt Lake during Saturday night’s storms.

Sheriff’s office officials say they received a 9-1-1 call around 11:20 p.m. reporting a possible drowning in Cherry Creek.

Authorities say two people were canyoneering – an extreme form of hiking – when the area was hit by flash flooding.

GCSO says one person was able to hike out and get help, but the other person was swept away by flood waters.

Source: Gila County Sheriff’s Office: Hiker missing after flash flood in Tonto National Forest

Dec 262019
 

The Mesa Police Department said a one-year-old was pulled from a pool around 10:30 a.m. near Southern Ave. and Greenfield Road.

Lillian was taken to Carden’s Children’s Medical Center in Mesa. Talboys said Lillian was pronounced dead twice before noon, but efforts to resuscitate Lillian continued, and medical staff was able to get Lillian’s heart beating regularly. She is on a ventilator and is in critical condition.

“She’s doing really well… She’s opened her eyes a couple times, said Amy, the girl’s older sister. “She’s in there and she’s still trying to fight through everything.”

Source: One-year-old in critical condition after nearly drowning

Dec 232019
 

Mesa Police officials say a one-year-old girl who was found in a pool at a residential area Friday died, then showed signs of life soon after and is listed in very critical condition.

According to Mesa Fire officials, crews responded to a home southeast of the intersection of Southern Avenue and Greenfield Road for a drowning call, and when crews arrived, they discovered that the girl was already removed from a swimming pool by family members.

“At some point, the child showed signs of life and hospital staff immediately began administering additional life-saving measures. The child is currently alive and in very critical condition,” police said.

Source: PD: 1-year-old girl declared dead, then shows signs of life after being pulled from a pool

Dec 202019
 

It’s unknown how the baby girl got into the pool or how long she was in the water.

Mesa Fire and Medical crews responded to a near-drowning call Friday afternoon at a home near Southern Avenue and Greenfield Road.

When crews arrived, family members had pulled the baby girl from the water. It’s unknown how she got into the pool or how long she was in the water.

Mesa Fire and Medical crews treated and transported the baby girl to Cardon Children’s Medical Center where she later died.

Source: “Very tragic incident:” 1-year-old girl drowned in backyard pool at Mesa home

Dec 092019
 

Officials with the Sheriff’s Office said a resident spotted the man’s vehicle in the creek around 12:30 p.m. and called for help.

Officials with the Sheriff’s Office said a resident spotted 69-year-old Robert George Petitte’s vehicle in the creek around 12:30 p.m. and called for help.

Deputies located Petitte’s body approximately 200 yards downstream from his car, just 20 miles north of the Bar-X crossing where rescue crews are currently searching for 6-year-old Willa Rawlings who has been missing for more than a week.

“I want to stress to the public turn around don’t drown, signs are posted for public safety,” said Lt. Virgil Dodd.

The crossing has two permanent signs that say, “do not enter when flooded.”

Petitte is the fourth person to die in the creek in the past eight days.

Source: Sheriff: 69-year-old man dies after car swept away in Tonto Creek

Dec 092019
 

Gila County Sheriff’s officials say searchers used boats and drones Saturday in Tonto Basin in their recovery effort of Willa Rawlings.

Gila County Sheriff’s officials say searchers used boats and drones Saturday in Tonto Basin in their recovery effort of Willa Rawlings.

“We have no idea where she is. There are so many variables,” Lt. Virgil Dodd said. Divers will focus on a levee system in the creek.

They will also look at aerial pictures and videos already taken by drones to see if there is any sign of the girl.

The girl was one of nine family members in a military-style truck that became stuck Nov. 29 while trying to cross Tonto Creek.

The bodies of her 5-year-old brother, Colby, and 5-year-old cousin, Austin, were found Saturday.

Source: Search for 6-year-old girl in Tonto Creek enters 2nd week

Dec 042019
 

For the first time, as of November 31, Total YTD number of Fatal Pediatric Incidents (0 – 5yr old’s)  is single digits (5).

https://childrensafetyzone.com/go/water-related-incident-reports/maricopa-and-pinal-counties-valley-of-the-sun/

Sadly, a few days later, Gila County suffered a horrific drowning.

See article https://www.abc15.com/search-continues-for-6-year-old-arizona-girl-swept-away-in-creek-waters

Dec 042019
 

An Arizona family mourned the deaths of two children swept away by floodwaters last week as dozens of people searched Monday for a 6-year-old girl who was still missing.

Nine people from the family, which founded several businesses and is active in their church, were riding in an oversized military-style truck that tried to cross an overflowing creek Friday.

It was blocked off with barricades and signs during a storm that dropped an estimated 2 inches of rain in the Tonto Basin area, about 50 miles northeast of Phoenix.

Authorities on Tuesday kept searching for 6-year-old Willa Rawlings, whose parents Daniel and Lacey Rawlings, escaped from the truck with four children. Her brother, Colby Rawlings, and cousin, Austin Rawlings, both 5, were found dead Saturday. The children were reportedly located separately about three miles downstream from the crash site.

Officials on scene said crews are searching a span of four to five miles along the creek for Willa.

Family members were able to confirm searchers have found articles of Willa’s clothing, including shoes and pants are searching an area of debris where she may be located.

Source: Search continues for 6-year-old swept away in waters