A father clung to his son and a tree in a rain-swollen northern Arizona river before losing his grip on the 6-year-old boy, who was swept away by the rushing waters and is presumed dead, a fire chief said. They were trying to get Jacob to a hospital because he was sick, authorities said. The family left their home about 70 miles north of Phoenix and headed out on a dirt road that normally is passable. Tributaries of the nearby Agua Fria River had already flooded local roads. The Baudeks crossed one of them, then decided travel was too dangerous and turned back. They made it 40 feet across a 50-foot wash when the fast-moving water caught their Chevrolet Avalanche and carried it 20 feet downstream, said Mayer Fire Chief Glenn Brown. Katrina Baudek escaped to higher ground as her husband moved the two children into the truck's bed for safety. A witness nearby heard the commotion and threw David Baudek a rope while someone called for help, as storm waters rose and covered the truck's roof, Brown said. Separated by 40 feet of rushing water, rescuers could do nothing but beg for a helicopter something weather conditions wouldn't allow, he said. more at the link This is just so heartbreaking. they were trying to get him to a hospital. The chance he is still alive are very small. I hope they find him soon so the family can have closure.