What was suppose to be a day of hiking for a teenage boy, turned into a three hour rescue instead.
“Now what happened, where they went wrong was they didn’t have enough water,” says Carlos Briano with the El Paso Fire Department. Briano says that the most important thing for hikers is to stay hydrated.
“This hike is very rigorous so the body starts breaking down wearing down, starts getting dehydrated which increases your likelihood of sustaining, a slip, a fall, and that’s what happened here… they were dehydrated running out of water, at this time of the day it’s the hottest time of day in El Paso,” says Briano.
Saturday around 1 p.m. the fire department responded to a 911 call at the Ron Coleman Trail. Officials say a 16-year-old male slipped and injured himself while hiking.
“They provided medical treatment up on the mountain. Once the patient was stable, pain was tolerable, they started descending down the mountain,” he says.
With a team of 19, the ComSAR team was able to execute the rescue in three hours. But who pays for the rescues like these?
“Just like they get billed when an ambulance comes to their house to take them to the hospital, like anything else they will receive a bill,” says Briano.
Although the young hiker did follow some of the proper procedures when hiking, Briano says it’s important to know your limits. “When your body dehydrates it starts shutting down, and so the body doesn’t respond the same way as when it’s fully nourished, fully hydrated, and so you’re more likely to sustain an injury.”
A few safety tips if you plan on going hiking:
*drink lots of water
*plan before you go
*have a cell phone for emergencies
*always stay on trail