A Palm Springs man who went hiking at midday in 110ºF temperatures wearing only shorts had to be rescued last week after getting trapped on a cliff.
The man called 911 telling dispatchers he was trapped on a cliffside and “not injured, I’ve just been in the sun, I’m sunburned.”
More than twenty volunteers, including a helicopter, were sent to his aid. He was located by his pinging cell phone and taken to safety.
One of the rescuers told CBS the man was “very lucky” to still have a cell signal, adding:
“But look at the way he was dressed: a pair of shorts. The sun’s gonna cook you out here.”
Palm Springs is baking as a heatwave continues on the West Coast. It tied a record high of 120 degrees on Saturday — the fourth time this year the desert city has hit 120.
Hiking is never recommended when the weather is over 100 degrees, but heat exhaustion can happen far before temperatures reach extremes. Nausea, headache, vomiting, and cramps are all signs of heat exhaustion. Hikers should stop immediately if experiencing symptoms and find a shaded place to rest. Be sure to bring plenty of water to drink and/or pour on your body to cool down.