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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.

4-VEHICLE CRASH IN LANDERS SUNDAY SEND 3 TO HOSPITALS

We have limited information about a four-vehicle crash in Landers Sunday morning that sent three people to the hospital. First responders were called to the crash on Old Woman Springs Road at Reche Road about 11:30 Sunday morning. Two vehicles—a white truck and a maroon SUV—had rolled over and were on their sides on the shoulders of the highway. One man was flown to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center by Mercy Air. Morongo Basin Ambulance took a 56-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man with minor injuries to Hi-Desert Medical Center. All the other occupants of the vehicles were treated at the scene and released. The California Highway Patrol is investigating.

Photo courtesy Jeanette Tharp
Photo courtesy Jeanette Tharp.
Investigators at the scene of the crash. Photo courtesy of Jeanette Tharp
Photo courtesy Jeanette Tharp

THREE INJURED IN OFF-ROAD CRASH SATURDAY

Three people were injured following a crash with an off-road vehicle and dirt bike in Johnson Valley Saturday. Morongo Basin Ambulance was called to Darrensette Road near Means Dry Lake for the crash about 3:38 p.m. The injured 26-year-old male dirt bike rider was airlifted from the scene and flown to Loma Linda Medical Center. A 26-year-old woman and 6-year-old boy in the sand rail were taken by MBA to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs.

21-YEAR-OLD INJURED IN SATURDAY SUNFAIR SOLO MOTORCYCLE CRASH

A 21-year-old man was seriously injured Saturday in a solo motorcycle crash near the Sunfair Dry Lake in Joshua Tree. Morongo Basin Ambulance was called at 2:06 p.m. to an area east of the dry lake behind Copper Mountain. MBA took the victim to Hi-Desert Medical Center where he was then flown to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.

TWO INJURED IN SUNDAY CRASH IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Two people were injured in a two-vehicle traffic collision Sunday morning in Twentynine Palms. About 11:45 a.m., paramedics were called to the intersection of Adobe Road and Condor Road. Morongo Basin Ambulance transported a 46-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.