WASHINGTON COUNTY — Search and rescue teams located a family of four visiting from Denmark after the father called 911 to report his daughter was suffering a heat-related illness while mountain biking Friday afternoon near Hurricane.
The family’s mountain bike trip was planned out after the group rented mountain bikes and looked through maps of the trails in the area, Washington County Undersheriff James Standley said.
“They bought a map and set out to complete a mountain bike tour,” Standley said.
The route chosen, the Jem Trail and Hurricane Rim, includes two segments of a 21-mile loop in the Hurricane Cliffs Trail Network.
At some point one of the children, a girl, either became injured or incapacitated from what appeared to be the heat, Standley said.
“It’s possibly heat-related,” he said, “we just don’t have enough information to make that determination at this time.”
Once the girl was unable to continue on the trail, her father called 911. Officers quickly responded while a Washington County Search and Rescue team assembled and was sent into the remote area to rescue the group.
Meanwhile, a command post was set up near the trails, Standley said, and a Life Flight helicopter was launched to transport the young girl to the hospital.
Once the family was located, rescuers assisted the father and his son back to the command post while the young girl was transported by Life Flight to Dixie Regional Medical Center. The mother remained at her daughter’s side and flew with her to the hospital.
The family visiting from Denmark may not have realized how hot it could become out on the trail, Standley said, and they may not be used to such extreme temperatures where they are from.
“It’s 100 degrees now,” Standley said, “and that type of heat just sucks the water right out of a person.”
Plans were made to take the two remaining family members to join those already at the hospital.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Hurricane Police Department, Washington County Search and Rescue, Intermountain Life Flight and Hurricane Valley Fire and Rescue responded to the scene.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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