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10-year-old boy dead after becoming overheated on South Mountain


10-year-old boy dead after becoming overheated on South Mountain

PHOENIX (AZFamily) — A 10-year-old boy is dead after being rescued from South Mountain in Phoenix on Tuesday.

Fire crews were called out to the Mormon Trailhead near 24th Street and Baseline around 2 p.m. because the boy became overheated.

Firefighters said they found the boy about 1 mile from the trailhead with family members.

Video from our Arizona’s Family news chopper showed firefighters doing chest compressions on the boy on the trail.

Crews put the victim in a basket and a Phoenix Fire Department helicopter pilot flew him off the mountain.

He was then loaded into an ambulance and taken to the hospital, where he later died.

Firefighters say reports indicate the boy was on the trail for several hours, possibly since the mid-morning before crews were called.

Phoenix Fire says it appears the boy and his family are from out of town.

The forecasted high for Phoenix on Tuesday was 113 degrees. However, the National Weather Service did not issue an extreme heat watch or warning.

“We do have a lot of beautiful hiking trails here in the city of Phoenix and we want people to feel encouraged to use those trails early in the morning or later in the evening. Please avoid the sun at all costs. Seek shade, stay hydrated and limit your exposure to the sun as much as you can,” said Phoenix Fire Capt. Shaun Dubios.

Phoenix police are investigating.

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