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Man rescued from fast-moving water in Phoenix; truck driver rescued in Scottsdale

Posted at 5:40 AM, Oct 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-15 14:24:40-04

A man stuck in waist-deep water on the Salt River bottom was rescued overnight by Phoenix Fire Department crews.  

According to fire officials, emergency crews were dispatched to the scene near 27th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road after receiving reports of a man in the water.  

Crews had a difficult time reaching the man because he was in fast-moving water and had communication difficulties. ABC15 crews on scene saw the man who appeared to be in distress and unable to coherently talk with rescuers. 

Eventually, the man was brought to shore with the help of an emergency rescue raft. He was taken to the hospital to be evaluated for hypothermia. 

It's unknown why the man was in the water or how he got there. 

This wasn't the only water rescue that Valley emergency crews were called to work on Saturday. Heavy rainfall forced crews to be called out to multiple water rescues around the Valley. 

Earlier Saturday night, crews rescued a woman who was stuck in a large semi-truck in water along Scottsdale's Indian Bend Wash near Chaparral and Hayden roads. 

Crews in Surprise and Wittmann also worked water rescues in their areas.