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Grand Canyon rangers rescue overheated hikers, river runner

Grand Canyon's North Rim
Posted at 4:46 PM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 19:46:37-04

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — 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.