UPDATE: AT 12:05 p.m., emergency responders broadcast that they were formulating a plan to retrieve the body.
At 628 a.m. Tuesday, Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority was called out to the confluence of Wet Beaver Creek and Dry Beaver Creek in Rimrock where a motorist was washed off the Reay Crossing, according to CCFMA Fire Chief Terry Keller. CCFMA, with help from Sedona and Verde Valley fire districts, as well as Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office’s Back Country team, initiated swift water rescue with an inflatable boat, said Ed Mezulis, division chief with Sedona Fire District. Jayson Coil, battalion chief with Sedona Fire District, used a drone to attempt to locate the vehicle’s occupants. When authorities left the site of the vehicle, possibly a mid-sized sport utility vehicle, it was nearly fully submerged in the creek, Keller said. Mezulis also said that rescuers were “unable to locate anyone in the vehicle.” It is not known how many persons were in the vehicle at the time it went into the creek, Keller said. At this time, none of the vehicle’s occupants have been found, Keller also said. (Photos by Bill Helm)