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Tourism danger in Arizona: Avoid the outdoors

Jun 22, 2016

Arizona temperatures above 115 degrees F are not healthy. Enjoying the outdoors can become a deadly tourism experience. This was the case for a German hiker. The German visitor was found dead Tuesday morning in Pima County, Arizona, the second of three in his hiking group to perish in Sunday's record heat.

His death brings this weekend's heat-related death toll in Arizona to six.

Marcus Turowski, 33, was found dead west of Ventana Trail 98 at about 7 a.m. Tuesday after a two-day search.

Turowski, Stefan Guenster and a third man whose name has not been released were in the Tucson area for a conference and decided to go for an early-morning hike on Sunday, according to the Pima County Sheriff's Department. One man was able to walk off the trail, but Guenster, 57, was found dead Sunday.

The search for Turowski was conducted by Pima County Search and Rescue, with the help of the Southern Arizona Rescue Association, Southwest Rescue Dogs Inc., the Arizona Department of Public Safety Air Rescue, Cochise County Search and Rescue and Pinal County Search and Rescue.

Four other people died in the weekend heat.

Fire crews airlifted a woman out of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve Sunday morning after she had stopped breathing on a trail while biking with her friends, according to officials. Authorities said the woman, a 28-year-old personal trainer, was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

A Phoenix man hiking in the Superstition Mountains on Saturday also died from exposure to extreme heat. Pinal County sheriff's officials said 25-year-old Anthony Quatela III and a friend, who also suffered from a heat-related illness but is expected to recover, ran out of water.

Deputy Ryan Inglett, Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman, on Monday confirmed the deaths of two other people Sunday.

Adrienna Rasmussen, 18, was reported dead about 11:30 a.m. Sunday after she and her 22-year-old hiking companion became lost and ran out of water at Finger Rock Trail northeast of Tucson, the Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

Jana Kirkpatrick, 54, of Tucson died on Sunday while walking along The Loop trail near the 5000 block of South Outlet Center Drive, the Sheriff's Department said.

Tourism danger in Arizona: Avoid the outdoors

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