Dylan Archuletta

Dylan Archuletta

A Sahuarita company has joined a search to find a man believed to have drowned in eastern Arizona. A crew from Hydronalix joined law enforcement agencies Thursday to recover the body from the Gila River.

The Greenlee County Sheriff's Office received a report of a possible drowning near the campground on the Black Hill Byway near Clifton on Sunday. The victim, 26-year-old Dylan Archuleta, had been kayaking when the accident occurred about 3 p.m. Archuleta was found pinned in his kayak under water about a quarter-mile upstream from the Safford Bridge.

“In an attempt to remove Dylan and his kayak from the river, he slipped out and was last seen about 100 yards down river from that location,” the Greenlee County Sheriff's Office reported in a press release Wednesday. The GCSO said 17 entities have been involved in the recovery effort.

Hydronalix CEO Tony Mulligan said they are using a sonar drone to aid search efforts. Hydronalix is known for its deployment of maritime robotic systems used to aid lifeguards and other water rescuers, and has been involved in search and rescue operations around the world.

A GoFundMe page has been started to assist Archuleta’s family. It can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/dylan-archuleta.

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