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Hiker rescue: Palm Springs man pronounced dead on Museum Trail

Early Saturday morning, shortly before 8 a.m. Palm Springs Fire Department responded to a call involving a male hiker in critical condition.

They located the victim, who was later identified as a Palm Springs resident off Museum Trail.

Despite lifesaving measures, the individual was pronounced dead at the scene according to Palm Springs Police spokesperson, Lt. Gustavo Araiza.

The cause of death is under investigation. Officials say a possible medical emergency is being considered as the preliminary cause.

The Palm Springs Mounted Police Search and Rescue Unit, with the help of a coroner were able to recover the body of the deceased.

Palm Springs Police officials added in a statement, "This tragic event underscores the unpredictable nature of outdoor activities, even for the most experienced hikers."

You can find additional Palm Springs hiking safety tips HERE.

The department also encourages all hikers to remain alert about their health and safety while enjoying the outdoors. They also want to remind everyone in the community of the importance of urgent and timely emergency reporting to ensure immediate assistance when needed.

"Our community mourns the loss of a fellow resident, and our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of the deceased. The community's safety remains our top priority, and we are committed to providing the necessary resources and information to help prevent such tragedies in the future," added Palm Springs Police Department officials.

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