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Southern Arizona seeing more distress calls amid extreme heat

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TUCSON (KVOA) - Southern Arizona agencies have reported more distress calls coming in for stranded hikers.

"But now, I think people are getting restless and they are wanting to get out, so we've seen an increase in hiker rescues," Steve Ferree, director of the Pima County Search and Rescue Unit, said.

Ferree said hikers need to be smart when hitting the trails.

In July, the department has had to perform 12 rescues. Ferree said hikers are not the only people who fall victim to this injury.

Alan Regalado, an officer for Border Patrol, said migrants crossing the southern border are experiencing this heat, too.

"The Border Patrol is really good at providing these life-saving resources in the desert," Regalado said.

Austin Walker

Austin is a Reporter at KVOA News 4 Tucson. He graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in May of 2020.

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