An Oro Valley teen was rescued from Big Wash this afternoon by the Golder Ranch Fire District.

The 15 year old boy had gone out into the wash while it was dry and while he was there, a flash flood came through stranding him on a small sand island. At approximately 2:40 p.m, firefighters and technical rescue technicians from Golder Ranch Fire Department were called to the scene. 

Emergency personnel were able to quickly locate and make contact with the boy and begin the rescue. After the teen moved under his own power to another bank, emergency personnel were able to throw him a rope and bring him the rest of the way to safety. 

The rescue involved a total of 14 firefighters, in addition to several other officers from the Oro Valley Police Department. 

The teen did not sustain any injuries in the incident and was released to his parents on scene after evaluation by paramedics. 

Golder Ranch Fire District reminds everyone that during the monsoon season, a wash or low crossing may initially be dry, but can quickly become flooded with fast moving water and debris. The best course of action is to avoid any moving water crossing roadways and stay out of the washes during and after monsoon rains. For more information on this and other safety tips, please visit

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