Arizona man, 75, rescued from floodwaters after being trapped on top of a Jeep: ‘Lucky to be alive’


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A 75-year-old Arizona man was rescued from the top of his Jeep on Friday after becoming stuck in floodwaters, authorities said.

The whitewater rescue was one of many that took place in Mohave County last week as the continued monsoon season brought heavy rains and caused flash flooding.

A passerby reported around 2 p.m. that a Jeep had crashed on Estrella Road near Agua Fria Drive in the Golden Valley, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Office said.

The vehicle flipped onto its passenger side in the swirling waters and was carried into the wash, rescuers said.

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Rescuers said the 75-year-old was “very lucky to be alive” after he rolled into a washout on Friday and floodwaters overturned his vehicle.
(Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue)

The 75-year-old man was seen sitting on the roof of the vehicle at the driver’s side door. Due to the Jeep’s location in the wash, rescuers decided they would use a helicopter to perform a one-jump maneuver and hoist the man to safety.

“He is very lucky to be alive,” the emergency service said. “Search and Rescue wants to remind everyone never to drive on flooded roads – Turn around, don’t drown!”

The Jeep had crashed on Estrella Road near Agua Fria Drive in the Golden Valley, authorities said.

The Jeep had crashed on Estrella Road near Agua Fria Drive in the Golden Valley, authorities said.
(Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue)

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Mohave County was among the areas under flash flood watch through Friday.

Rescuers warned motorists not to cross the flooded roads.

Rescuers warned motorists not to cross the flooded roads.
(Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue)

Meteorologist Brian Planz said about 1.25 inches of rain fell overnight in parts of northwestern Arizona and parts west of the Las Vegas Strip.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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