Arizona Boy, 10, Dies After Mountain Hike with Family on 113-Degree Day

A 10-year-old boy died after experiencing "heat-related emergencies" while hiking in Arizona, according to a press release from the Phoenix Police Department

Published Time: 04.07.2024 - 18:31:18 Modified Time: 04.07.2024 - 18:31:18

A 10-year-old boy died after experiencing "heat-related emergencies" while hiking in Arizona, according to a press release from the Phoenix Police Department.

The victim became ill after hiking with his family on Tuesday, July 2, at South Mountain Park and Preserve in Phoenix.

According to the release, which was last updated on Wednesday, the young victim was airlifted to an ambulance that transported him to the hospital. He was in critical condition upon arrival and later died due to a "heat-related medical event."

Detectives are now investigating the death for more details, per the release. 

ABC News states that the incident happened roughly one mile into the Mormon Trailhead.

Temperatures in Phoenix on the day of the incident reached 113 degrees Fahrenheit, according to The Weather Channel.

Last month, a mother of two died while hiking in the summer heat in Sedona, Ariz., while visiting from Pennsylvania with her husband and their two daughters.

"After interviewing her two young daughters and her husband, it appears she suffered heat exhaustion and was not treated fast enough," the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said while issuing a warning about hiking in the summer months.

"The temperatures can be much hotter on trails that are along the rocks and have little shade," the sheriff's office continued.

In April, the City of Phoenix reported that three popular hiking trails — including Camelback Mountain's Echo and Cholla Trails and all trails ass -

ociated with Piestewa Peak Trailhead in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve — will close from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on days when the National Weather Service issues an excessive heat warning.

On those days, access to trails will be limited, parking lot gates will be closed and proper signage will be displayed to reduce heat-related injuries and deaths.

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Last month, the Phoenix Fire Department announced a new approach to treating heat victims called cold water immersion. The technique involves using specialized ice bags to quickly cool down people suffering from extreme heat-related illnesses. They can be used when a patient's temperature goes beyond 104 Fahrenheit degrees and they "present altered mental status.”

The National Weather Service states that heat-related illnesses can be prevented by limiting exposure to heat and staying hydrated. They suggest wearing lightweight, light-colored clothing, eating small meals often, monitoring those at high risk and staying indoors when possible during excessive heat.

The NWS says that signs of heat exhaustion include dizziness, thirst, heavy sweating, nausea and weakness, while signs of heat stroke include confusion, dizziness and becoming unconscious.

In the event of a heat stroke, the organization recommends calling 911 immediately.

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