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Teen hiker passes away from heat exhaustion during morning hike

Written by The Bee

July 13, 2020

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At approximately 10:53 a.m. on Sunday, July 12, 2020, a 14-year old female hiker was reported to be suffering from a heat related emergency and out of water near the SARA Park Trailhead. The hiker had been hiking with a group of six family members for approximately three hours when she was unable to continue due to heat related illness. The temperature at the time of call was approximately 111 degrees. Two Engine Companies and a Battalion Chief responded with one Rescue Vehicle. The hiker was located on the trail six minutes after emergency crews arrived. She was treated by Fire and AMR Paramedics, and transported to HRMC with a life threatening, heat related illness. The Lake Havasu City Fire Department cannot stress enough that if you desire to hike in the summer months it is important to start early, carry plenty of water, know the area you are hiking in, advise others of your plan, carry a fully charged cell phone, and most of all know you limits. Hiking during extreme heat advisories is not recommended.

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