Five injured in Antelope Canyon flash flood

2010-08-01T05:00:00Z Five injured in Antelope Canyon flash floodTODD GLASENAPP Arizona Daily Sun
August 01, 2010 5:00 am  • 

PAGE -- Five members of a 12-person Swiss tourist group were injured Friday in a flash flood in the same canyon where 10 people drowned in a 1997 flash flood.

The Page Fire Department reported the group was at the mouth of Antelope Canyon about 1:20 p.m. when water came rushing into the canyon east of Page.

A woman and her 9-year-old son sustained numerous bruises and scrapes from having been washed downstream over slickrock, PFD Chief Larry Clark said in a news release.

The woman reported that was she was separated from her son, but reunited at the parking lot, where they approached a medical crew. Both were treated for injuries, along with three men. PFD's Rescue 1 responded to the canyon mouth to assist several hikers who were reported stranded on the cliff side, Clark's release said.

By the time the crew arrived, all persons had gotten off safely, the release said.

Several agencies and a helicopter service from the local area were involved in the operation.

Nearly 13 years ago, an 11-member tourist group comprised mostly of Europeans was swept further through the canyon by a flash flood.

Only the tour group leader survived.

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