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Two swift water rescues in Tucson

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TUCSON, Ariz. -

 Tucson Fire crews responded to at least two swift water rescues following a monsoon storm that swept through Tucson on Saturday afternoon. 

In one incident, firefighters rescued two people from a Jeep that was partially submerged in water on Tucson's east side.

A second incident concerned a man who was reportedly stuck under a bridge at the Flowing Wells wash in northwest Tucson.  Neighbors reported hearing a man yelling for help from under the bridge, but he was never seen, according to a spokesperson for Tucson Fire Department.

Firefighters continued searching the wash near the bridge as the water receded, but no one was found. Crews also searched the area downstream where the wash connects with the Santa Cruz River, but the victim was not found.

Tucson Fire called off the search after more than two hours. Pima County Sheriff's Search and Rescue are resuming the search on Sunday morning.

Neighbors say they believe the man was homeless and stayed under the bridge to escape the heat. A dog who is believed to belong to the homeless man stayed at the upper bank, barking toward the bridge while crews responded.

"We see him with his dog everyday, walking back and forth to the store. Nice guy, holds the door open for everybody. It's just unfortunate here what happened," said neighbor Jerry McCown.


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