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50-year-old man died trying to rescue dog from canal, deputies said

The man was walking with his wife when their dog got away and fell into the canal, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said.
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SURPRISE, Ariz. — A man is dead after he was pulled from a canal near Surprise and rushed to a nearby hospital on Saturday morning, Rural Metro Fire said. 

The 50-year-old man was cyanotic and in full cardiac arrest at the time he was pulled from the canal, fire crews said.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office alerted Rural Metro Fire Crews to a report of the man going underwater and not resurfacing in an irrigation canal near North 192nd Avenue and West Olive Avenue. The man was believed to be in the tunnel under Olive Avenue when rescue crews arrived.

The man was reportedly on a walk with his wife and their dog when the dog got away and fell into the canal, deputies said. The man then fell into the canal when trying to rescue the dog.

The man was suspected to have been in the water for approximately 10 to 12 minutes, fire crews said. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office reported that there are no suspicious circumstances and has opened an investigation into the incident. 

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