A couple is flown from the desert near Joshua Tree after running out of water



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RIVERSIDE COUNTY, California.Two people were airlifted from the desert near Joshua Tree National Park last week after a man called 911 and said they were out of water, and the rescue was captured on video.

The rescue took place on June 9. According to an Instagram post from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit, a man called 911 from Painted Canyon, just north of the Salton Sea, to say his girlfriend was dehydrated and weak.

The RSO sent a team out to find them. In video of the EMTs sent down to pick up the couple, they were found huddled on the ground next to a bush, with the man lying over his girlfriend, shielding her from the sun. Crews lifted the two into the helicopter.

The department said that “due to her serious condition, an aeromedical helicopter was dispatched to the Rescue 9 landing zone to fly the patient to a hospital.”

The man’s condition was not immediately clear.

The Sheriff’s Office used the rescue as an opportunity to remind people of the dangers of hiking in the desert.

“People aren’t packing enough water,” said Cpl. Pilot Andy Rasmussen of the Aviation Team. “They don’t bring enough stuff. They end up having to walk 8 to 10 kilometers and they can’t go back.”

Heat advisories and extreme heat warnings were issued in parts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties on Saturday.

“It’s in the triple digits now,” said Cpl. Rasmussen. “Yesterday we believe we hit about 112 degrees. From now on, that will continue into the summer.”

The Los Angeles County Aviation Unit has also rescued several hikers by helicopter in recent weeks. Cpl. Rasmussen said they will sometimes respond to multiple calls a day during the summer months.

“If you’re out walking and you start to feel thirsty, you start to feel tired, you can probably find yourself in a bad situation within 10 minutes,” said Cpl. Rasmussen.

Officials are urging hikers to carry extra water and prepare for the unexpected these summer months. Carry a personal locator beacon in areas with poor cell service, let people know where you are going, and avoid walking alone if possible.

According to reports from the National Weather Service on June 9, temperatures in the area where the couple was found reached highs between 100 and 105 degrees Fahrenheit. California’s deserts are among the hottest places in the US and the world. In fact, according to the National Park Service, Furnace Creek in Death Valley National Park holds the world record for the highest air temperature ever measured, with a temperature of 134 degrees Fahrenheit on July 10, 1913.