2 Women overcome by heat rescued from Camelback Mountain

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Two women had to be rescued from Camelback Mountain after being overcome by the heat Friday morning.

According to the Phoenix Fire Department, the women, ages 53 and 73, were visiting from Wisconsin and went for a hike on Camelback Mountain at approximately 6 a.m. They reportedly were overcome by the heat while on the Cholla Trail.

Emergency personnel received a call at 11 a.m. that the women were having difficulty. Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe fire crews responded to the scene near 61st and Cholla streets on the east side of Camelback Mountain.

Capt. Tony Mure, spokesman with the Phoenix Fire Department, said the women had water with them, but they were experiencing exhaustion and dizziness and were unable to make it back down the mountain.

The 73-year-old woman had to be brought down using a "big wheel." She was transported to a local hospital as a precaution.

The 53-year-old was able to walk down the trail alongside fire personnel.