6 Rescues at South Mountain Park in Phoenix This Year

Arizona Central reports authorities have had a rash of rescues at South Mountain Park near Phoenix including rescuing a naked man.

Authorities are unsure why Thomas Vandeveer, 55, died near Pima Canyon entrance. There had been speculation it was heat related although the incident occurred at 8:30 a.m. before temperatures had climbed into the 90s.

Phoenix Fire Department has been called to South Mountain Park for hiker rescues six times this year. In March, crews rescued a naked man who had been stranded overnight. The man’s family told police that he suffered from depression.

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