Couple Rescued After Severe Dehydration During California Desert Hike

A tourist traveled through the desert

California authorities said that a young couple needed to be rescued on June 9 after running out of water while hiking in an area near Joshua Tree National Park. The pair’s trek was about to end in disaster.

They were rescued from Painted Canyon, a region to the southeast of Coachella Valley, north of the Salton Sea. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office reports that the boyfriend, who had mobile service, contacted emergency services to report that his girlfriend was weak and dehydrated.

After receiving a distress call, a rescue helicopter team arrived on the scene and discovered the couple lying in a dry stream bed.

Dehydration causes the body to lose more water than it takes in, which throws off its mineral balance, salt, and sugar and impacts how it works. Serious consequences may develop from dehydration.

Heat exhaustion, convulsions, renal failure, shock, and coma are among the potentially fatal consequences that may result from severe dehydration if it is not well managed. To avoid these catastrophic complications and restore fluid balance, fluid therapy must be administered promptly.

The Sheriff’s Department released footage showing the male, who was aware and alert, being lifted into the helicopter by rescuers. The female was unconscious.  The woman’s critical condition necessitated their evacuation to a neighboring road, where she was then transferred to a hospital by medical helicopter.

The Sheriff’s Department urged hikers to prepare ahead of time by bringing extra water, making a route plan, and communicating with at least two persons about their whereabouts, especially as temperatures rise or become extremely low.

Infections of the urinary system, kidney stones, and irreversible kidney damage may all result from chronic dehydration. Inadequate water intake prevents the body from delivering waste products to the kidneys in an effective manner. Consistently drinking water, eating a diet high in fluid-rich foods, and being aware of things like heat and activity that raise fluid demands are all good ways to avoid chronic dehydration.