A San Diego man rescued near a hiking trail was recovering today from heat exhaustion and dehydration, a police sergeant said.
Joseph Hymer, 28, was located by the Palm Springs Police Search and Rescue Team and airlifted from a trail shortly after noon Sunday, Palm Springs Police Department Sgt. Troy Castillo said.
Someone had called police about a hiker “suffering from heat exhaustion/dehydration about two miles up Dunn Road, a popular hiking trail,” behind Vons in the 4700 block of East Palm Canyon Drive, Castillo said.
The search and rescue team was sent because of “the extreme heat and the rugged terrain,” he said.
A helicopter from Landell Aviation pulled Hymer from the trail, and an ambulance took Hymer to Desert Regional Medical Center for treatment, Castillo said.
Temperatures reached 108 in Palm Springs Sunday.
“This man is lucky to be alive due to the extreme heat and lack of water,” Castillo said. “It is important that inexperienced hikers, not used to our heat, hike earlier in the morning during cooler temperatures and that they bring plenty of water and a cell phone with them.”