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Boys float down flood channel rapids on air mattress

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Boys float down flood channel rapids on air mattress

By Molly Waldron. CREATED Aug 22, 2012

Henderson, NV (KTNV) -- A few young men saw flood channel rapids as an opportunity for some water escapades as severe weather swept through the Las Vegas area on Wednesday.

The Action News Hawk spotted three people floating down a flood channel on an air mattress in the early afternoon.

The flood channel, near Green Valley Parkway and Windmill in Henderson, turned to rapids after a monsoon dumped heavy rain across Southern Nevada. 

The raucous boys cheered and waved as they floated shirtless down the rushing flood channel.

The grayish-brown-colored, fast-moving water was clearly not safe for swimming or floating.

A police helicopter eventually caught up to the boys and an officer ordered them to get out of the dangerous waters.

The boys jumped off, dragging the air mattress to the gravel shores and up onto drier land.

There was no word on whether the boys were cited by police for their escapades.