Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Arizona: Young German Tourist, 35, Succumbs, Dies in 105 Degree Weather

Sibylle Reitmeyer, 35, a German tourist from Fuldatal, tragically died, very possibly from heat exhaustion or a heart ailment on Monday afternoon (May 21), while hiking in Tucson's Saguaro National Park West with a companion.

The young hiker collapsed near the Hugh Norris Trail Head just after1400 hours, when the temperature reached 105 degree. She was pronounced dead at the scene. 

COMMENT: As of this posting, the county medical examiner's office has not released the woman's cause of death. The National Weather Service reported that it was one of the earliest days to reach 105 degrees since the late 1800s. 

It is essential that foreign travelers unaccustomed to excessively high temperatures research the symptoms of heat exhaustion and avoid outside activities during the heat of the day.

This posting will be updated as new information becomes available.