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Man dies after being swept away in ABQ arroyo

Rescue crews respond to a Northeast Albuquerque arroyo after a pair were swept away by floodwaters. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Firefighters rescued one man but were unable to save another after the pair were swept away in an arroyo in Northeast Albuquerque on Friday night.

An official with Albuquerque Fire Rescue said they responded around 8:20 p.m. to “multiple reports” of a man caught in the Embudo Arroyo, near Washington and Menaul NE.

AFR said crews found a man in the rushing waters of the arroyo, near Candelaria, being pulled out by some civilians with a rope. Once rescued, the man told AFR his friend was also swept away in the flood waters.

“Crews spotted the other victim minutes later floating down the arroyo system but unfortunately he was face down in the water and unresponsive for over 20 minutes,” the official said.

AFR said they were unable to recover the man’s body “at multiple sites” before turning over recovery efforts to Bernalillo County firefighters.

“No other information is available at this time,” the official said.

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