Boy, 10, dies following rescue from Arizona hiking trail amid extreme heat

Fire officials told Fox News Digital that a 10-year-old boy died after being rescued from South Mountain in Arizona, warning against hiking in high conditions.  

Phoenix Police Department Public Affairs Sergeant Brian Bower said workers were summoned to the Mormon Trailhead on South Mountain, a central mountain range in south Phoenix, just before 3 p.m. local time on Tuesday.  

A boy trekking the trail had heat-related concerns, authorities said. FOX 10 footage showed a helicopter airlifting the toddler from the trail.  

After being spotted a mile up the trail, the youngster was evacuated down the mountain and sent to the hospital.  

"Police helicopter pilots assisted the fire department with an active mountain rescue and airlifted the 10-year-old victim from the mountain to an awaiting ambulance," he said.  

Before crews arrived, firefighters reported the youngster had been on the trail for several hours, possibly since mid-morning.  

In an updated statement, police stated the kid was rushed to the hospital in severe condition and died from heatstroke. "Further details into what led to this tragic incident are under investigation," cops stated.   

The heatwave has hit Arizona and the rest of the country. National Weather Service officials say Phoenix is under a "severe weather alert" for heat.  

The high on Tuesday was 113 degrees Fahrenheit, 6 degrees above usual.  Phoenix officials advise residents and visitors to be cautious of South Mountain's hazardous routes.  

"South Mountain has some tough trails. They're long, and an untrained hiker from out of town may not realise how difficult they are "DuBois remarked.  

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