Hikers rescued in Romero Canyon

2014-06-16T20:00:00Z 2014-06-17T09:25:29Z Hikers rescued in Romero CanyonCarmen Duarte Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Two hikers were rescued Monday afternoon in Romero Canyon, and one needed hospital treatment for heat-related complications.

At about 12:35 p.m., the Pima County Sheriff's Department search and rescue unit responded to Catalina State Park to aid two hikers, said Chief Deputy Chris Nanos of the sheriff's department.

The rescue crew found out that a 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl began hiking to Romero Pools at about 6 a.m., but became lost and ended up in Romero Canyon, Nanos said.

The man called 911 and reported that they were on a cliff, out of water and light-headed, said Nanos.

Golder Ranch and Northwest fire districts, the Department of Public Safety helicopter and the Southern Arizona Rescue Association also responded to the rescue, Nanos said.

The hikers were found in the canyon and were evaluated, and provided with fluids. Both began to hike out with rescue personnel.

While hiking, the man became sick from the heat and was assisted out of the canyon. He was taken to a hospital for treatment, and the girl was taken home by family, Nanos said.

The man's condition was not immediately available. 

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