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12:43 AM Sun, Nov. 18th

Overheated hiker rescued from Watson Lake area by Prescott Fire

An overheated hiker, unable to continue, was rescued by Prescott Fire Department on one of the trails by Watson Lake at about 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, according to Battalion Chief Scott Luedeman.

Another hiker came upon and stayed with the hiker until help arrived and the Fire Department was able to locate them by triangulating their cell phone, Leudeman said. Three engines, one battalion and one LifeLine Ambulance responded, Luedeman added.

It took 45 minutes for the crews to access the person after determining the best way off the Peavine Trail at the north end of Watson Lake, the release stated. Crews hiked in, gave the hiker drinking water and slowly walked them back to their car about a half-mile away. According to the release, the rescue took about two hours to complete and the person did not require further medical treatment.

The Prescott Fire Department reminds hikers to carry a charged cell phone, plan for the day’s weather by dressing appropriately, carry plenty of water and food, and to know limitations and experience levels.