Hikers keep rescuers busy for another weekend - Tucson News Now

Hikers keep rescuers busy for another weekend

(Source: Raycom Media) (Source: Raycom Media)
PIMA COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Saturday was again a busy day for local search and rescue groups, following last weekend's bout of five hiker rescues in a short time.

[READ MORE: SARA assists in 5 heat-related rescues in Sabino Canyon]

Lack of water seemed to be the main issue, according to a Facebook post by the Southern Arizona Mounted Search and Rescue group. The Southern Arizona Search and Rescue Association also helped with the rescues.

In the first call, a man had hiked up Phoneline trail with plans to come out near Bear Canyon and Seven Falls when he ran out of water and began to feel sick, according to the Facebook post.

That call came in around noon and the man was able to walk out on his own, said Deputy Ryan Inglett, a spokesman with the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

Rescuers were called again around 3:30 p.m. to the Bear Canyon area, Inglett said, this time to treat a young man and young woman who had become heat sick, according to the rescue group's Facebook post.

The young man was able to walk out on his own, but the woman had to be carried out on horseback, Inglett said. Both were dehydrated.

The rescue group Facebook post is blunt in its assessment of that situation:

"NOT ENOUGH WATER!!! Oh by the way ... he had about 25 cigarettes in his hand ... wouldn't let them go ... DRINK DRINK DRINK WATER PEOPLE, if you're a smoker drink more smoking dehydrates you even more!!!!"

The post goes on to mention that several other hikers in the area asked the rescuers for water as they were leaving.

"If you have to ask for water from strangers ... YOU DIDN'T TAKE ENOUGH!!! Turn around!" the group posted.

The last rescue was around 4:30 p.m., also in the Seven Falls area, Inglett said.

The man had a possible shoulder injury and was given aid to stabilize the shoulder before he walked out on his own, Inglett said.

He added that there are basic tenets for hiking that all people should remember, no matter the time of year.

"Always remember to hydrate and check weather and temperatures, and make sure you're prepared for your hike. Do your research beforehand," he said.

Then hikers should bring food and water and make sure their cell phones are fully charged so they can communicate with responders if need be – or in extreme emergency situations, responders can hone in on the cell signal to find a lost hiker, he said.

"Your cell phone is a huge tool for us to be able to find your location," Inglett said.

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