In Arizona over the weekend, a family gathered at a popular swimming hole to have a weekend of fun and family. Who knew this would not be a weekend that they would come back from. Soon after the family gathered at the swimming hole, a thunderstorm came rolling in and swept away 10 family members with a flash flood.
The rescue team with help of search crews were able to recover four adult bodies and the bodies of six children. The children ranged in age from 2 to 17. The swift waters that swept the family away came at the Tonto National Forest.
After several searches took place since the weekend and since the storms rolled through, the search teams were able to recover the last body. The male was a 27 year old that was the father to some of the children. The mans wife was also killed in the flash flood along with 3 of their children age 7, 5, and 3. There were 5 other family members who were also at the popular swimming hole that were swept and killed in the flash floods as well. There were other family members who were actually rescued during the storms.
In all, there were 14 people that had been swept away during the flash flood which occurred. The family members that were all swept away were there visiting from the Flagstaff and Phoenix area which came to the popular swimming hole in order to celebrate a birthday of the family member. The family was busy swimming when the flash flood warning came across and therefore did not hear about the flood which would occur. It happened in the spur of a moment where a large wall of water which was moving at a speed equal to 30 mph swept the family members away.