Heat Fatalities in Grand Canyon and Lake Powell

Heat was blamed for hiking fatalities in the Grand Canyon and Lake Powell

According to Arizona Central Avik Chakravarty, 28, had been advised by rangers at the Phantom Ranch not to hike out because of the 113-degree heat. None the less he hiked out and collapsed three miles from Phantom Rnach.

The Gisentianl reports Kent Edward Thomas, 65, died during a hike at Lake Powell. Thomas is the seventh fatality at Lake Powell this year. Officials warn that hiking in the desert climate around Lake Powell during the summer can be hazardous because of extreme heat, exposure to the sun and rugged desert terrain. The National Park Service encourages visitors to avoid hiking during the hottest part of the day and to wear sunscreen, light, loose clothing and sturdy footwear and to drink plenty of water.

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