POSTED: Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 3:36pm
UPDATED: Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 3:52pm
EL PASO - Emergency crews worked nearly four hours to save a stranded hiker in Tom Mays Park.
It was a 52-year-old man that became ill shortly after he began his hike on the Mundy's Gap Trail around 9 Sunday morning.
State Park Police used a 4-wheel drive truck to help fire fighters and paramedics reach the man.
Crews first responded to the west side of the mountain, but quickly realized they had better access to the hiker from the northeast side.
That's where they found him suffering from what may have been dehydration... they quickly stabilized him with IVs...and got him off the mountain.
Responders say this is a type of situation that happens too often... and they offer advice to anyone who wants to venture into the Franklin Mountains.
"In the summertime, we get a lot of park visitors to come out and decide to go hiking during the hottest part of the day and they don't take enough water with them," said Jacob Barton with State Park Police.
"Make sure you're well-hydrated, well-rested. Make sure you have plenty of water with you and a cell phone with you and make others aware of your hike," said Chief David Rios with EPFD.
An ambulance was waiting for the hiker at the base of the mountains... just off of north Martin Luther King Boulevard.
He was taken to William Beaumont Medical Center so doctors could check him out.