A 41-year-old woman has died after hiking in California in the midst of a record-breaking heatwave, officials said.
On Saturday, the woman went on a hike in the Santa Monica Mountains with a friend. As temperatures rose to 110 degrees, the woman began to feel ill, CNN reported. The two friends decided to turn around and hike back towards their car since the woman wasn’t feeling well.
However, the woman collapsed on the way back and her friend immediately called 911 for help, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
Paramedics with the Los Angeles County Fire Department arrived on the scene and conducted CPR on the woman for about 20 or 30 minutes. But, the medics were unable to revive her.
The woman was pronounced dead around 2 p.m. local time in an area near Calabasas, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Morgan Arteaga told CNN. The pair went on the hike at Tapia Park in Malibu Creek State Park.
California Heatwave Sets Record Over Weekend
Arteaga stated that the woman’s death was likely heat-related and “natural causes of some kind.” However, Arteaga said the coroner would provide the official cause of death at a later time.
Arteaga said this was an isolated case since it was the only recent heat-related death.
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in the area where they went hiking registered at more than 110 degrees. On Sunday, Los Angeles County recorded its highest-ever temperature.
Also on Sunday, the California Department of Parks and Recreation announced the closure of all Santa Monica Mountains hiking trails through 5 p.m. Monday due to the heat.
California has seen an unprecedented heatwave roll in the last few days. And its the last thing the state needed as it continued to fight against enormous spreading wildfires. In fact, helicopters rescued more than 200 hikers early Sunday. The hikers were all trapped by the raging Creek Fire northeast of Fresno, CA.
[H/T NY Post]