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1 dead after hiking group got lost and ran out of water in Arizona park

The hikers were from out of town “and unfamiliar with the increased danger of hiking in the heat of the day and the challenging trail system during the summer,” officials said.
A rescue helicopter during the search for missing hikers in Sara Park in Arizona.
A rescue helicopter during the search for missing hikers in Sara Park in Arizona.Mohave County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue

One person died after a group hiking in Arizona's Sara Park became lost and dehydrated, officials said Saturday.

The Lake Havasu City Fire Department responded Friday to the 1,100-acre park, on the border with California, and found a 63-year-old woman, a 27-year-old woman and a 61-year-old man "out of water, dehydrated and showing signs of heat exhaustion," the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement over the weekend. The fire department asked the sheriff's office for assistance at around 2:30 p.m.

The temperature reached 104 degrees Friday, according to the National Weather Service. There was no excessive heat watch or advisory that day.

The women were transported for medical treatment, and the man was taken to a command post, the sheriff's office said.

The hikers told authorities that a 31-year-old man who was also dehydrated and fatigued had left the group in search of the trailhead. Search and rescue teams, including hiking and biking teams, as well as helicopters, were deployed to find him.

After an hourslong search that ended at midday Saturday, search teams found the man’s body off the marked trail system, the sheriff's office said. His name was not released.

The hikers were from out of town "and unfamiliar with the increased danger of hiking in the heat of the day and the challenging trail system during the summer," the sheriff's office said.