Alaska teen who collapsed on Arizona hike dies

July 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Trail Boss News

This is a tragic situation and our prayers are with the family of this young man. However this should be a wake up call to parents to make sure they and their children are prepared for all outdoor activities. Please make sure your child is not a victim of exposure. Please review our Top Survival Mistakes that will kill you before heading out on any wilderness adventure.


PHOENIX — An Alaska teen has died after passing out during a hike at Phoenix’s South Mountain Preserve.

Phoenix fire officials say the 14-year-old and his family ran out of water during their more than four-hour hike amid triple-digit heat Sunday.
Fire Capt. Alex Rangel says the teen started acting confused, walked off a trail and then lost consciousness.By the time firefighters reached him a half hour later, the teen was not breathing and he didn’t have a pulse.Maricopa Medical Center spokesman Michael Murphy said Monday that the teen was pronounced dead late Sunday afternoon.The teen’s family members were treated for dehydration.
Temperatures in the preserve ranged from 105 to 110 degrees late Sunday morning.


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