PRESCOTT A 22-year-old Tempe man attempting to cross the Verde River has drowned after losing his footing.
The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that John Fisher II was swept into the river near the Child's Power Plant in the Fossil Creek area between Camp Verde and Strawberry.
A witness told deputies the victim was trying to cross the river by jumping from rock to rock on Wednesday when he lost his footing in the swollen Verde. The man tried to hold onto a tree, but lost his grip because of the swift current.
Friends tried to help Fisher, but were unable to reach him.
A Department of Public Safety helicopter crew located him against a tree midstream and submerged, about a quarter mile from Verde Hot Springs.