The National Park Service reported that a tourist perἰshed while visiting Death Valley on Tuesday afternoon (18 July) and that his deἀth may have been related to the heat, as temperatures that afternoon reached 121 degrees Fahrenheit.
The 71-year-old male was a native of the Los Angeles region. According to the NPS, he collapsed outside of the toilet at Golden Canyon, a popular hiking trail. Other park visitors in California observed the man and summoned for assistance.
The National Park Service and the local sheriff’s office responded, but a medical transport helicopter was unable to respond due to the extreme heat. Although CPR and the use of a defibrillator were attempted, they were unsuccessful.
Despite the fact that his cause of deἀth has not yet been determined, park personnel “suspect heat was a factor,” according to the NPS. The official temperature at Furnace Creek, close to where the man was hiking, was 121 degrees Fahrenheit, and temperatures inside the canyon would have likely been “much higher, due to canyon walls radiating the sun’s heat.”
Do you know that on Thursday (20 July), a guy who was 63 years old jumped to his deἀth from a luxury building in Lower Manhattan? This occurred a day after two older men jumped to their deἀths from separate buildings further uptown:
Death Valley is typically one of the hottest locations on Earth due to its dry air, sparse plant coverage, and heat-reflecting rock features and formations. As a heat wave threatens the Southwest, sending temperatures in Arizona soaring and placing approximately one-third of the United States under a heat advisory, watch, or warning, tourists have flocked to Furnace Creek, an unincorporated community in Death Valley with a large outdoor thermometer that tracks the temperature.
Tourists have put themselves in harm’s way by wearing fur jackets in the heat and going for runs near the temperature. This year, Death Valley has attained over 110 degrees Fahrenheit on 28 days, according to the National Weather Service.
Multiple news sources have reported the demἰse of the man in Death Valley as a result of the region’s extreme temperatures –
Shock as man dies in “Death Valley”. Authorities blame climate change.
— El Capitan Cook 🇬🇧 (@El_Capitan_Cook) July 21, 2023
Man, 71, dies in Death Valley hours after interview with newspaper about heat https://t.co/Fgw0y9VhOg
— clevelanddotcom (@clevelanddotcom) July 21, 2023
Death Valley is one of the hottest places on the earth one man has died which is very sad in place called Death Valley which is hot I put the puzzle out for you sky news .
— blacon (@Blacon22Mark) July 21, 2023
A 71-year-old man from Los Angeles died Tuesday afternoon in Death Valley National Park amid 121-degree heat, according to the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office. https://t.co/ac2QajuJUJ
— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) July 21, 2023
According to the NPS, this may be the second heat-related fatality in Death Valley this summer. A 65-year-old male was discovered deἀd in his off-road vehicle with two flat tires on July 3. The NPS stated that heat-related illness may have caused him to leave the roadway.
For the safety of visitors to the valley, the National Park Service recommends sightseeing from air-conditioned vehicles or hiking in the park’s cooler highlands. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of heatstroke, such as a throbbing headache, vertigo and lightheadedness, lack of sweating, and other symptoms, should seek immediate medical attention.