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10-year-old boy dies after being rescued from South Mountain during triple-digit temps

Phoenix Fire says the boy died due to a heat-related medical event while on a hike
Arizona South Mountain rescue
Posted at 5:44 PM, Jul 02, 2024

PHOENIX — A 10-year-old boy has died after being rescued from South Mountain on Tuesday.

Officials say the boy reportedly went for a hike at around 9:30 a.m. and it wasn't until about 2:30 p.m. when firefighters were alerted to a heat-related emergency.

Phoenix Fire officials say the boy was with adults at the time and his family had recently moved to Phoenix from Missouri.

Firefighters used a helicopter to get the boy down from the mountain. He was taken to a hospital by ambulance where he later died due to a result of a heat-related medical event.

Tuesday's high in Phoenix was 113º, according to the ABC15 weather team.

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