SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police say about a dozen family members camping in southern Utah escaped a flash flood moments before it washed away their tents and minivan.
Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Darrell Cashin says rushing water pinned the Las Vegas family against a sheer canyon wall about 1:30 a.m. Saturday.
Cashin says a father in the group awoke as water pooled around his tent. He and the rest of the group huddled on a ledge as they waited for emergency crews.
Emergency workers used rope to rescue three children, three teenagers and seven adults.
The family had arrived at the campsite a day in advance of a larger scheduled family reunion.
Authorities say summer rains often send water rushing over slick rock and sand in the backcountry canyons near Zion National Park.
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