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Hiker rescued after collapsing on popular trail in Hope

Search and rescue team remind everyone to be aware of heat illness symptoms
Hope Search and Rescue were called to a collapse at the Hope Lookout on Aug. 3. (Hope Search and Rescue photo)

Hope Search and Rescue is reminding people of the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness, following a rescue Tuesday afternoon.

A 65-year-old hiker had collapsed along the Hope Lookout trail, and the rescue team was able to reach them quickly and safely. The patient was “packaged” and transported back down to the trail to paramedics.

Health can quickly deteriorate once heat illness sets in, the rescue team noted on their Facebook page.

They remind of the symptoms, including feeling faint or dizzy, nausea, vomiting, rapid heartbeat and breathing, confusion and extreme thirst.

They said it’s better to schedule outdoor activity for when it’s cooler, ideally avoiding peak heat between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

“Exercise in the morning or in the evening,” the said. “Also, ensure you are hydrating and drinking two to four glasses of water every hour.

While temperatures have been soaring in the Fraser Valley, along with poor air quality from wildfires, this upcoming weekend is expected to be a bit of a reprieve. Temperatures will drop into the low 20s Friday or Saturday, according to Environment Canada. It is also expected to rain throughout the weekend.

READ MORE: Air quality advisory cancelled for Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver


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Jessica Peters

About the Author: Jessica Peters

I began my career in 1999, covering communities across the Fraser Valley ever since.
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