After 18 hours of fighting to stay alive, a woman and her dog were rescued from the Arizona Canal


After she was trapped for 18 hours in a tree, an Arizona woman and her pet dog were forced to be rescued from a swift-moving canal.

Yuma County Sheriff’s Office released bodycam footage of last week’s quick retrieval of the woman. The woman had been ready for surrender when she heard the sirens of first responders.

“Her body told the story of her constant fight,” Wellton Police Sgt. Juan Salcido told KSAZ-TV. “She had abrasions to her arms and legs. She had a sunburn. She looked exhausted to the point she couldn’t stand on her two feet,”He stated.

“She was about to give up until she heard our sirens,” Salcido said.

Police said that the woman, who was not identified, had been working in the vicinity and allowed her dog to roam freely. She went to the aid of her 55-pound dog after it fell into the canal.

This was when she too couldn’t navigate her way out of the rapid-moving waters.

“The will to survive is what makes this a great story,” Salcido said.

Authorities can be seen pulling both the rope and harness together to pull them to safety in the video. As she is being dragged out of the canal, you can hear her moaning. 

Authorities said that although she was unable to stand and was weak, she sustained no serious injuries. She is currently recuperating with her dog.

After seeing the woman’s distress, the conductor on a passing train dialed 911.

“We want to thank everyone involved in assisting with this rescue, including the train conductor who spotted the subject in the water and called 911,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a statement on Facebook.