Eight People Rescued from Antelope Canyon
Page, AZ – On Friday, July 30, 2010 the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a 4½ foot wall of water had trapped 8 individuals on a ledge in the South End of Upper Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona . It was also reported that a child had possibly been swept away in the flood waters. The child was located a short time later in good condition.
Before rescue teams had arrived at Antelope Canyon some tour group organizers and local residents had successfully rescued 4 or the 8 eight people. Those rescued are a family from Georgia, all of whom were reported to be in good condition.
The remaining 4 people stranded on the ledge included 3 Swiss Nationals and 1 French National. A Classic Life Guard Helicopter was able to land close enough to the victims to determine they too were in good condition. After assessing the situation, rescue crews decided to wait for the flood waters to recede and then walk the victims to safety.
The ten year old child who was initially reported as being swept away by flood waters was found to be with the second group that was walked to safety. A Coconino County Sheriff’s Lieutenant reported that 45 minutes after the second group was safely walked out, another 4½ foot wall of water rushed through. Fortunately no one was in the canyon at the time.
The agencies that helped in the rescue included the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office (Page Division), Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (Flagstaff), Page Police Department, Arizona Department of Public Safety, and the Page Fire Department Technical Rescue Team.