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Hiker in Superstition Mountains dies from extreme heat

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Posted at 10:52 AM, Jun 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-19 13:52:49-04
GOLD CANYON, Ariz. (AP) - A Phoenix man hiking in the Superstition Mountains has died from exposure to extreme heat.
 
Pinal County Sheriff's officials say emergency responders were called around 1:30 p.m. Saturday to the Peralta Trail in the Superstition Wilderness near Gold Canyon.
 
They say 25-year-old Anthony Quatela III and a male friend had been hiking since 7:30 a.m. and ran out of water.
 
The friend called 911 after they both started to fall ill.
 
Deputies say Quatela became unconscious and never recovered.
 
The friend was treated by firefighteres for dehydration and exposure.
 
Sheriff Paul Babeu says the incident was one of three heat-related emergencies in a four-hour period in the Superstition Wilderness.
 
The National Weather Service reported temperatures as high as 111 on Saturday in metropolitan Phoenix.