Emergency crews respond to Dreamy Draw Recreation Area Wednesday to save a hiker suffering from heat exhaustion.
Phoenix Fire Department

A man was rescued from a Phoenix hiking trail Wednesday after spending six hours in the area and becoming ill in the heat, fire officials aid.

Crews from the Phoenix Fire Department called in a helicopter to rescue the man, who was suffering from heat exhaustion at the Dreamy Draw Recreation Area north of Piestewa Peak, the Phoenix Fire Department said.

The man, in his 40s, began hiking Wednesday at 10 a.m. Another hiker found him disoriented in a wash nearly six hours later and called 911, fire officials said.

The man was flown from the wash by helicopter and was then taken to a hospital by ambulance, officials said. The man was suffering from heat exhaustion, the fire department said, adding that the man said he became disoriented after running out of water.

Video footage provided by fire officials shows rescue crews heading up the trail toward the man, who was attached to the helicopter and flown down on a stretcher.

The official high temperature in Phoenix reached 111 degrees on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.



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