Woman dies while hiking in extreme heat in Grand Canyon, Park says

Delphine Martinez, 59, of Window Rock, Arizona, was “disoriented and later passed out” while hiking the Thunder River Trail and was unable to revive her. release said from the park.

The park has not released a cause of Martinez’s death, but notes that temperatures in the inner canyon on Sunday were well over 100 degrees. At Phantom Ranch, at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, temperatures reached highs of around 115 degrees.

According to the Park Service, Martinez died about a mile (1 mile) from the confluence of Tapeet’s Creek and the Colorado River. Her death is being investigated by the Park Service and the Coconino County coroner.

“Grand Canyon National Park park rangers urge visitors to the Grand Canyon, especially hikers and backpackers in the inner canyon, to prepare for the extremely hot days ahead in the coming weeks.

Temperatures on the exposed parts of the trail can reach over 120 degrees in the shade during the summer months. Park rangers warn people not to hike the Inner He Canyon during peak heat hours between 10am and 4pm.

“Hiking in extreme heat can lead to serious health risks including heat stroke, heat stroke, hyponatremia and death,” the release states.

Another Arizona Hiker died on monday Officials said he suffered a heat stroke while hiking near the Spur Cross trailhead, about 40 miles north of Phoenix.
Arizona, like much of the West, has been suffocating under extremely high temperatures for the last few days as a heat wave sweeps through the region.Severe temperatures prompted the National Weather Service to issue the Bureau of Meteorology excessive heat warning Grand Canyon area until Wednesday evening.
the heat is top killer Among the deaths from natural disasters, research shows. Extreme heat puts a lot of strain on the heart and makes it difficult to breathe. It can also lead to dangerous overheating, leading to severe illness and even death.

Source: www.cnn.com

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