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Flash flood kills 5 children, 4 adults at Arizona swim hole

Last Updated Jul 17, 2017 at 5:35 am EDT

File photo of Bartlett Lake and the Sonoran Desert in Tonto National Forest, Arizona. GETTY IMAGES/UNIVERSAL IMAGES GROUP

Adults, teens and children as young as two were enjoying a summer afternoon by cooling off in an Arizona creek when the gentle waters turned deadly.

A Saturday storm unleashed six-foot-high floodwaters, dark with ash from a summer wildfire, onto the unsuspecting family and friends visiting a Tonto National Forest swimming hole. The torrent carried away tree branches and other debris and left a wake of nine bodies.

Rescuers recovered the remains of five children and four adults. Their identities have not been released.

A 13-year-old boy from the same group was still missing Sunday.

Authorities planned to resume the search for the boy Monday using a helicopter as well as search dogs.

The National Weather Service estimated up to 1.5 inches of rain fell over the area in an hour.

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