Excessive heat at Grand Canyon causes multiple search and rescue efforts

Jun 22, 2020, 6:00 PM | Updated: 7:30 pm
(Getty Images/Mario Tama)...
(Getty Images/Mario Tama)
(Getty Images/Mario Tama)

PHOENIX — Grand Canyon National Park rangers had a busy weekend as they worked to rescue visitors suffering from heat-related illnesses.

On Saturday, Phantom Ranch rangers and the park’s helicopter responded to a tourist visiting the Colorado River who had experienced fatigue and heat illness, according to a press release.

The park visitor was also suffering from hyponatremia and an altered level of consciousness due to drinking an excessive amount of water.

Park officials transferred the individual to Flagstaff Medical Center for treatment.

On Sunday, a hiker suffering from an altered level of consciousness on the Bright Angel Trail required the response of Indian Garden rangers.

The rangers discovered the hiker to be suffering from heat stroke when they arrived on scene and immediately began administering active cooling measures.

The patient was later transferred to Flagstaff Medical Center via park helicopter.

Grand Canyon National Park rangers also assisted hikers experiencing heat exhaustion on the South Kaibab and Bright Angel trails over the weekend.

To avoid health risks, park officials encourage all visitors to schedule warm-weather hikes before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.

Visitors are also encouraged to balance their food and water intake, rest in shaded areas and drink plenty of fluids.

Additional tips for safely enjoying Grand Canyon National Park can be found online.

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