Star Pass hiker requires rescue
Web Producer: Taylor Avey
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A man needed emergency assistance after he became dehydrated during a morning hike.
Emergency crews responded to a mountain near the Star Pass resort after a call came in about a hiker who was suffering from heat related problems, according to Capt. Barrett Baker with the Tucson Fire Department.
Baker says the patient is a man in his 60s who frequently hikes with a group trying to eradicate buffel grass.
While hiking with the group around 9:30 a.m. Saturday he began suffering from dizziness, nausea and weakness.
Due to rough terrain, it took crews almost 20 minutes to reach the patient and render medical care.
Once the patient was stablized, crews discussed how to safely get the patient down the mountain.
The patient was able to work with the crew to walk down the mountain, but crews stopped frequently to check on the patient and make sure he remained stable.
Crews made it off the mountain with the patient and they were met by representatives from Star Pass who provided transportation assistance.
The patient received further medical assistance once he was brought down from the mountain.
None of the crews with the Tucson Fire Department suffered any injuries or heat related issues during the rescue, but Baker says its important to limit time outdoors during high heat and high humidity, as these conditions can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.