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TWO PAIRS OF HIKERS RESCUED BY HELICOPTER IN 2 INCIDENTS AT 49 PALMS CANYON

Two separate pairs of hikers had to be rescued from the 49 Palms Oasis trail in Joshua Tree National Park due to heat-related illness Saturday afternoon. County Fire Captain Jay Dimoff said paramedics were called to the trail’s parking lot about 1 p.m. to check out the first pair of female hikers who were hoisted out one-by-one by the Sheriff’s helicopter 40King. They were treated and released for heat exhaustion. Then, Dimoff said, 40King was called back to pick up a male and female hiker from a different location on the trail. Morongo Basin Ambulance transported the 25-year-old woman to Hi-Desert Medical Center for heat exhaustion. Dimoff said the temperature at the time was about 108 degrees. Hikers are urged to start and end their hike in the early morning or late evening hours when temperatures are cooler, and to bring—and drink—a quart of water for each hour you are out.

HEAT OVERCOMES 2 HIKERS IN 49 PALMS CANYON; TIPS FOR HIKING IN THE HEAT

Two women were rescued Thursday when they were overcome by 100-degree temperatures while hiking the 49 Palms Oasis trail in Twentynine Palms. About 11:15 a.m., Twentynine Palms firefighters, Morongo Basin Ambulance, Joshua Tree Search and Rescue, and Sheriff’s deputies were called to the trailhead about 11:15 a.m. for a hiker who was feeling weak and dizzy, early signs of heat exhaustion. Rescuers had to hike about a mile and a half to reach the 31-year-old hiker. As she and her 29-year-old companion were being escorted back to the trailhead, the second woman also began feeling weak and dizzy. She was treated by paramedics and had to be carried out. When they reached the trailhead, she was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center by MBA. The 31-year-old woman refused to be taken to the hospital.

Managing editor Tami Roleff says hikers are reminded to go out in the cooler morning or evening hours and to bring—and drink—a minimum of one quart of water per hour of hiking…

The heat is on. The Morongo Basin is in the middle of an excessive heat warning. While people are anxious to get out of the house, remember that the heat can be deadly. If you are going to hike, here are a few tips to make your outing safer:

  • Hike early in the morning or late in the afternoon—not in the heat of mid-day.
  • Wear a hat and sun screen.
  • Try to hike at higher altitudes – the higher, the cooler!
  • Take at least 1 liter of water per hour you plan to be out.
  • Tell someone where you are headed and when you should return.

Even if you are just driving through, be sure you have plenty of water with you and that your car is filled with gas and well maintained. Charge your cell phone or have a phone charger with you.

MAN ARRESTED EXPOSING HIMSELF ON THE 49 PALMS CANYON TRAIL

A Twentynine Palms man, who has a history of indecent exposure, was arrested again Wednesday, after he exposed himself on the 49 Palms Oasis hiking trail. Deputies and rangers with Joshua Tree National Park were called to the popular hiking trail about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday by two women who said that a man, later identified as Kevin Devries, 35, who was wearing a Speedo bathing suit, exposed himself to them on the trail. Deputies say that Devries admitted he enjoyed exposing himself to women. Kevin Devries was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, cited, and released.

FOUND HUMAN REMAINS CONFIRMED TO BE THOSE OF MISSING CANADIAN HIKER

The family of the Canadian hiker who went missing in Joshua Tree National Park in 2018 has confirmed that the remains found last month are his. Paul Miller, 51, was last seen July 13, 2018, when he told his wife he wanted one more hike before returning to Canada. Authorities quickly found his rental car in the 49 Palms Oasis parking lot, but despite hundreds of searchers spending thousands of hours looking for him, he was not found until December 19, 2019. Miller’s family had hired a private firm to search the oasis and surrounding area with a drone. An analysis of the photos found evidence of human remains in a steep and rocky area located far away from any trails. Sheriff’s deputies and park rangers hiked to the location in December and located and retrieved the remains. The San Bernardino County coroner’s office notified the family that the remains were those of Paul Miller. 

FAMILY IDENTIFIES REMAINS AS THOSE OF MISSING CANADIAN HIKER

Paul Miller

The family of the Canadian hiker who went missing in Joshua Tree National Park in 2018 has confirmed that the remains found last month are his. Paul Miller, 51, was last seen July 13, 2018, when he told his wife he wanted one more hike before returning to Canada. Authorities quickly found his rental car in the 49 Palms Oasis parking lot, but despite hundreds of searchers spending thousands of hours looking for him, he was not found until December 19, 2019. Miller’s family had hired a private firm to search the oasis and surrounding area with a drone. An analysis of the photos found evidence of human remains in a steep and rocky area located far away from any trails. Sheriff’s deputies and park rangers hiked to the location in December and located and retrieved the remains. The San Bernardino County coroner’s office notified the family that the remains were Paul Miller.