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Grand Canyon Rangers Rescue Overheated Hikers, River Runner

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Tobias Alt
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Sunset at Grand Canyon (Arizona, USA) seen from Yavapai Point

Officials at Grand Canyon National Park say rangers had to rescue a river runner and several hikers who were overcome by the heat last weekend.

On Saturday, Phantom Ranch rangers responded to a river runner experiencing heat illness and fatigue on a Colorado River trip. They say the river runner drank too much water, leading to hyponatremia. The park’s helicopter and ambulance transported the patient to a Flagstaff hospital. On Sunday, Indian Garden rangers responded to a hiker having heat stroke on the Bright Angel Trail.  They used cooling measures before the hiker was airlifted to a Flagstaff hospital. Other incidents involved some hikers experiencing heat exhaustion on the Bright Angel and South Kaibab trails.