NewsTourists defy dangers hiking desert near Joshua Tree, survive ordeal

Tourists defy dangers hiking desert near Joshua Tree, survive ordeal

The searches were found in the area known as Painted Canyon/ illustrative photo
The searches were found in the area known as Painted Canyon/ illustrative photo
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Justyna Lasota-Krawczyk

15 June 2024 07:43

A pair of tourists who decided to go for a hike in the desert in Southern California found themselves in a dire situation. The temperature reached 41°C (about 106°F), and they ran out of water. They were exhausted, but at the last moment, they managed to call for help by dialling the emergency number.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Office reported that the reckless pair of tourists decided to trek into a remote, uninhabited desert area located south of Joshua Tree National Park.

After receiving the distress signal, a rescue helicopter crew initiated a search. They could locate the tourists in an area known as Painted Canyon. When found, the female tourist and her companion had taken shelter from the mercilessly scorching sunlight in a dry creek bed.

Rescuers, using ropes, lowered themselves from the helicopter and pulled the tourists on board. The woman, who was in critical condition, was immediately transported to the hospital. Her companion was in slightly better condition but required medical attention and hospitalisation.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Office admitted that the two tourists were fortunate. If not for the swift intervention of the rescuers, they would have faced certain death. The office also warned that desert hikes at this time of year are extremely risky and can end tragically.

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