Tucson Fire Department (TFD) units responded to a swift water rescue call yesterday near the intersection of South Elizabeth Drive and West Lincoln Street (near I-19 and Ajo Way) after an SUV was swept downstream and flipped over with two occupants still inside. TFD units arrived on scene and immediately set up for swift water rescue operations, including having several units respond further down the wash for a possible rescue downstream.
The two occupants, a 28-year-old male and 24-year-old female, were still in the vehicle as it began filling with water. They were able to escape the vehicle, but were swept further downstream. The two were able to get to the side of the wash and pull themselves out of the water on the west side of I-19 near South Lamar Avenue. They refused medical treatment beyond the on-the-scene assessments.