FD: Hiker dies after fall at Camelback Mountain

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PHOENIX -- A 25-year-old man died Friday afternoon after falling from the Echo Canyon Trail at Camelback Mountain, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.

Around 1:30 p.m., Phoenix firefighters responded to call about a hiker who had fallen about 10 feet off the trail.

The hiker was airlifted off the mountain and transported to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center by ground ambulance in extremely critical condition.

He succumbed to his injuries at the hospital, according to Phoenix Fire Capt. Mark Vanacore.

The hiker is said to be an Arizona State University student from Brazil and was hiking with other ASU students from his country.

Witnesses said the heat and lack of water may have been factors.

"They were working on the young man, but it looked like it was just heat related, and it sounds like he didn't have any water," said Chris Boley, who was also hiking Camelback Mountain on Friday. "You could tell by what the firemen were doing that it didn't look very good."

"We stay on point with our message is to, you know, No. 1 be prepared," Vanacore said. "And No. 2, I think first and foremost actually, before anything is know your limitations."