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Updated Sep 10, 2012 - 1:11 pm

Man saved in swift water rescue in Goodyear

The truck where the man was located is shown in the middle of the wash. (@DetourDanKTAR)

A man was rescued after driving into a flooded wash near Goodyear.

The man was stuck on top of a utility truck in the middle of a flooded wash at 155th Ave. and Riggs Rd.

While the man was driving, he miscalculated the severity of the conditions ahead of him.

"When he came across there, there were just a few mud puddles. So he went to get across there and said he just got stuck in the mud," Goodyear Battalion Fire Chief Russ Braden said.

The situation was certainly hazardous, considering the water level.

"At one point, the water was about four feet deep up the side of the vehicle," Phoenix Fire Cpt. Scott Walker told News/Talk 92.3 KTAR's Mac & Gaydos.

Goodyear, Phoenix, Avondale and Glendale assisted in the rescue that began at about 4:30 p.m. and took a little over two hours to complete.

Braden said rescuers have to assess any rescue immediately to keep everyone safe.

"At this point we don't know if they're good swimmers or not, if they're afraid of the water," Braden said. "We really don't know. Sometimes with the rush of water, it's hard to talk to them."

The man was not treated for injuries.

About the Author

Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.


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