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Hikers run out of water, require rescue on Watson Lake trail

PRESCOTT – Firefighters responding to a call for a woman suffering heat exhaustion on the Watson Lake trail Saturday afternoon, July 30, found another couple with the same symptoms, Prescott Fire spokesman Conrad Jackson said.

The initial call was at 2 p.m., for a 26-year-old woman whose boyfriend said they had run out of water on their hike, on the trail on the north side of the lake.

The two-person crew on Rescue 73 hiked in to the patient while firefighters from Engine 74 took their boat across the lake to save time in bringing the victim out, Jackson said. Firefighter/paramedics started an IV on the victim to replenish her fluids and gave her bottled water as well. She was eventually able to walk, although getting her to the boat still took over an hour.

The boat took her to a waiting ambulance, and she was evaluated further but refused medical treatment, Jackson said.

While they were working with her, the firefighters were approached by a second couple who said they had also run out of water and couldn’t make it back.

Firefighters gave them water and took them to their vehicles.

“Firefighters would like to once again remind folks to be adequately prepared when going hiking. Hikers should notify family or friends of their intended route as well as anticipated return time. On their person they should be bringing food and adequate water to cover the hike and any unexpected delay in travel which could extend their time exposed to the elements,” Jackson said.

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