- Associated Press - Monday, September 29, 2014

SAN CARLOS, Ariz. (AP) - Three men have been airlifted to safety after getting stranded by rising waters on the San Carlos Apache reservation in southeastern Arizona.

The camping buddies ventured out to the area Wednesday to go fishing.

They tried tried to return home Sunday, but were blocked as storms caused the Black River to swell.

After trying to ford the river, their four-wheel drive got stuck.

Two of the men returned to the river bank and the other one forged ahead to find help. He ran into another party stranded at another swollen ford.

Rangers drove to the second of six river crossings and decided it was too dangerous.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety was called for help at dawn Monday and a helicopter made two trips to rescue the men.

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