Bump and Grind Hikers Rescued During Day of Extreme Heat

Two hikers were rescued from the Bump and Grind Trail in Palm Desert on Monday morning during the near record-breaking heat wave. The hikers requested help around 9 a.m., when temperatures were up around 104 degrees. Firefighters found the hikers about one mile up the Bump and Grind Trail and assisted them to safety. They could not be airlifted, as weather prevented the use of helicopters.

Twenty-five firefighters were involved in the Palm Desert trail rescue effort, and both hikers were rushed to the hospital with heat-related injuries. The Coachella Valley was under an excessive heat warning  Monday for reaching rare and dangerous temperatures.

Heat exhaustion is a serious danger to desert hikers during these hot summer months. The best way to prevent it is to stay off the trails when the temperatures are going to be in the triple digits. The danger simply is not worth the risk when it is that hot.

Be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion and seek immediate attention if you begin to exhibit them. Common signs of heat exhaustion include:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Fainting
  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Excessive sweating
  • Muscle cramps
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Pale skin

If untreated, heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which can be fatal.

“With the excessively hot temperatures, it’s best to stay away from the hiking trails and other strenuous outdoor activities to avoid these life-threatening conditions,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today at (760) 777-7777 for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.
DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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