Extreme heat kills 2 Tucson hikers
Female visitors die from heat stroke while on mountain trails
The heat in Southern Arizona has turned deadly in a manner that's more than metaphorical. Two women have died from heat stroke while hiking near Tucson over the past three days, a Pima County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman said.
Monday afternoon, a 35-year-old German tourist collapsed while hiking in Saguaro National Park West, said Sgt. Dawn Barkman on Monday
Around 2:10 p.m., sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the Hugh Norris Trail Head, Barkman said. The woman, who was hiking with another visitor from Germany, collapsed from heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Rescuers had to hike about 2 1/2 miles to the scene after the man she was with hiked down the trail to seek help. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, Barkman said.
Tuesday afternoon, the woman was identified by Barkman as Sibylle Reitmeyer of Fuldatal, Germany. The Medical Examiner's Office has not released an official cause of death, she said.
On Saturday, 23-year-old Amalia Barber, of Clinton, Ill., died while hiking with friends on a trail north of the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain hotel in Marana.
Because of difficulties with cell phone service and lack of GPS on the hikers' phones, it took rescuers from the Sheriff's Department and Northwest Fire District about an hour to reach the victim after a 1 p.m. distress call, Barkman said.
The Purdue University student was pronounced dead at the scene "after suffering from what is believed to be extreme heat exhaustion/heat stroke," Barkman said.
The Sheriff's Department offered suggestions on avoiding heat-related illness:
The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Monday; temperatures were forecast to hit 108 in some areas of Southern Arizona.