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Fri, Aug. 23

Two men die trying to cross wash

KINGMAN - Monsoon rains flooded washes in Golden Valley leading to four rescue attempts by emergency services and leaving two people dead.

The last rescue call of the day led to the death of two unknown men, one believed to be in his sixties and the other was described as middle-aged.

At approximately 8:30 p.m., Search and Rescue Units learned that two male subjects in a red Ford pick-up truck attempted to cross a wash at Emery Park Road and Zuni Drive, north of Highway 68. Several witnesses reported that the truck started flowing down the wash with the occupants inside, and the vehicle rolled multiple times, according to a Mohave County Sheriff's Office news release.

Witnesses further reported that both occupants did make it out of the vehicle while it continued downstream.

The middle-aged male occupant was attempting to hold onto the older male while witnesses attempted to help, but the waters continued to sweep both subjects away.

At about 9:35 p.m., the older male was located and declared dead. The search continued throughout the night and into the morning for the second male subject. Wednesday morning at about 7:21 a.m., the middle-aged male's body was found.

An investigation is continuing to determine identification of both subjects, which was still unknown as of Wednesday afternoon.

Mohave County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Units were first deployed Tuesday evening to stranded motorists in the Sacramento Wash due to heavy rains and flooding. They responded to three separate rescues where people were stranded in their vehicles, and they were rescued.

Two of the rescues were north of Highway 68 on Egar Road, and the third rescue was south of Highway 68 on Estrella Road.

All occupants were brought to safety. Golden Valley Fire Department assisted with the rescues.

During the rescue operations, Search and Rescue personnel came across many unoccupied, stranded vehicles.

They are asking the public to contact the MCSO when you abandon your vehicle during heavy rains and flooding and provide MCSO with your vehicle's location, description and license plate number.

Also, they advise the public to never attempt to cross washes during rains and flooding conditions.

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