Palm Desert, CA
A hiker overcome by triple-digit heat had to be airlifted off a Palm Desert trail today.
County fire crews were dispatched just after 11 a.m. to a hiking trail near the 45000 block of Tanque de Agua Road, said Tawny Cabral of the Riverside County Fire Department.
The unidentified hiker was hoisted onto a California Highway Patrol helicopter and flown to a landing area, where an ambulance was waiting to transport the patient to a hospital for treatment of a “heat-related illness,” according to Cabral.
The temperature had climbed to 101 degrees in Palm Desert by late morning, according to the National Weather Service.