Hiker dies after collapsing during triple-digit heat on the Pacific Crest Trail near Anza
A woman was pronounced dead after collapsing while hiking in triple-digit heat along the Pacific Crest Trail West near Anza Wednesday afternoon.
The incident started at 11:32 a.m. when first responders were called to Pacific Crest Trail, west of Table Mountain Truck Trail, two rescue two hikers.
A Cal Fire spokesperson said a hiker called 911 and told dispatch that her companion had passed out on the trail, possibly while struggling to catch her breath in the 100-degree heat.
Firefighters were sent to the area but could not immediately find an access point to reach the stranded party.
A Riverside County Sheriff's helicopter crew was summoned and initiated a search, locating the unconscious hiker and her friend shortly after noon.
The unconscious hiker was pronounced dead at the scene. The second hiker was transported to the hospital by ground ambulance with unknown injuries.
Stay with News Channel 3 as we continue to learn more about this incident.
This is the third incident of a hiker rescue we've reported on over the past couple of days.
On Saturday, crews rescued two hiker a group of hikers in distress near Dry Falls at the North Lykken Trail in Palm Springs.
On Tuesday, an injured hiker was rescued from the same Palm Springs trail Tuesday afternoon.
Captain Nathan Gunkel of the Palm Springs Fire Department told News Channel 3's Jake Ingrassia that the department has conducted 30 hiker rescues over the past 30 days.
The fire department recommends that hikers take extra precautions when hiking in and around the city during high temperatures. Here are a few important tips PSFD shared for residents and visitors hiking in the heat:
- Start Early. It's best to hike in the morning hours, prior to 9 a.m., when it is cooler.
- Hike with a Buddy. Never hike alone. It is always best to have a friend with you. Let someone know where you are going and your return time.
- Cover Up. Wear long sleeves to help shield your body from the sun. Wear a hat, preferably wide brimmed.
- Remember to apply sunscreen often, as recommended, and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
- Stay Hydrated. Pack and drink a minimum of 1 liter of water per hour and drink often!
- Bring nutrition/food. Bring trail mix style packs, dried fruit or veggies and energy bars, chews, or gels.
- Remember to rest. Take frequent breaks and find shade so your body can cool down.
- Know the signs of heat related emergencies. Common signs are headache, dizziness, muscle cramps, nausea, and disorientation. If you experience any of these symptoms, turn back or call for help. Don’t hesitate to call 911.
- Take a cell phone/GPS. Make sure they are fully charged.
- Other Items to bring. Bring a map, first aid kit, flashlight, and additional water/electrolytes.
A First Alert Weather Alert has been called for this week for the dangerous heatwave. An excessive heat warning is in effect through Sunday night. Palm Springs broke a 60-year heat record for June 15.
Check out: How to protect yourself from heat-related illnesses during the dangerous heatwave
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