Heat Stroke Death At Palo Duro Canyon
Record breaking temperatures hit the bottom of Palo Duro Canyon Monday and Tuesday.
Many emergency responders were busy with hikers calling in saying they were dehydrated and needed assistance. The air in the canyon hit 107 degrees.
On Monday a hike turned tragic when a hiker called for help due to heatstroke, was airlifted by LifeStar but died from heat stroke later that night.
Palo Duro officials say the common mistake hikers miss is the need to take adequate water with you on the famous Lighthouse Trail. The hike is around six miles long and on days like Tuesday and today hikers need to carry a gallon and a half of water to stay safely hydrated for the duration of the hike.
Officials remind potential hikers that with our dry heat it's easy to miss how much water you are losing to sweat and heat stroke could come without warning.
The American Red Cross advises citizens the signs of heat exhaustion which include cool, moist, pale or flushed skin, heavy sweating, pale skin, dizziness and nausea.