Family of 5 rescued after getting stranded in desert

- A family was rescued on Tuesday after spending the night stranded in their car overnight.

Phoenix police say the family of five became stranded near Interstate 17 and Table Mesa Road at around 9 p.m. on Monday night.

Police say the family, including a 16-year-old, a 24-year-old, and three children ages 5, 3 and 18 months, were able to walk to an area where they got better cell phone reception and call for help.

The family was airlifted out on Tuesday morning, and are now back in Ahwatukee.

"We couldn't go uphill. Trying to push it, got dark," said Adrianna Carrillo. Somebody would come out. Nobody came out. We just sat there. Slept in the car."

Adrianna said they ran out of water, and only had a little bit of Gatorade left.

"I was up all night crying," said Beatrice Carrillo. "With the kids lost, you think the worst. I had a lot of people praying, and I am glad they are safe."

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