1 rescued, 1 killed after being swept away in Albuquerque arroyo | KOB 4

1 rescued, 1 killed after being swept away in Albuquerque arroyo

KOB Web Staff & Patrick Hayes
Updated: August 01, 2020 04:52 PM
Created: July 31, 2020 07:51 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- A man was rescued from the arroyo near Girard and Candelaria Friday evening.

A picture sent into KOB 4 shows Good Samaritans helping the man stay above water.

After the man was pulled to safety, he alerted emergency crews that another person was still in the water.  

The Bernalillo County Fire Department launched a recovery mission in the area of 2nd Street and Roy-- at the Diversion Collection Point. Early Saturday morning, Albuquerque Fire Rescue said BCFD recovered a body.

"You know, our stance is that absolutely under no circumstances should people be in the diversion channels. They shouldn't be recreating in them, they shouldn't be walking in them, they shouldn't be staging items in there," said Lt. David Lujan, a BCFD spokesman. "We are going to go a step further and say you shouldn't be there at all, especially during this time of year. This is monsoon season so as you can see from yesterday, we had a torrential downpour and water just quickly started moving through that area." 

Heavy rain started falling across Albuquerque around 6:30 p.m. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was in effect in Albuquerque, but the alert has expired. 

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