Professor visiting Arizona dies during hike

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. -- A professor visiting Arizona from Spain died Wednesday while hiking in Pinal County.

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said the man and two colleagues had traveled to Arizona from Madrid for a convention when they decided to hike Table Top Mountain.

The men hiked 3.5 miles to the top of the mountain, where they decided to have lunch before heading back down.

As they approached the bottom of the mountain, the 50-year-old professor collapsed from exhaustion.

The man was unable to walk and began feeling dizzy and disoriented. The man's colleagues said he complained that his muscles were too weak, so they attempted to carry him the rest of the way.

The man eventually lost consciousness, prompting one of his colleagues to run for help.

A passerby stopped and called 9-1-1, and the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit responded to the scene.

Deputies arrived to find the man receiving CPR from his colleague. Emergency medical units would go on to pronounce the man dead on scene.

PCSO said the group did take water on their hike, but not enough for the extreme Arizona heat.

“The Pinal County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team already has had a record year for the number of calls for service related to hikers,” said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu. “Underestimating the extremity of the Arizona heat and failure to take adequate steps to prepare for any outdoor activity during the summer can be deadly.”