Warning issued for Death Valley National Park after death and French tourists stranded

Posted on June 15, 2016 • Filed under: Tourist Warning, United-States

reviewjournal.com reported the National Park Service is warning visitors about the dangers of remote travel in extreme heat after a string of recent emergencies, one of them fatal, in Death Valley National Park. On Thursday, park visitors found a man dead on Harry Wade Road, a remote, 30-mile dirt track that runs into the south end of Death Valley from California Route 127.

On June 1, two French tourists got their car stuck in loose sand on the unpaved West Side Road. Park officials said no one knew their specific travel route, and they were out of cellphone range in temperatures above 110 degrees.
The man and his mother walked about a mile to Badwater Road and another mile along the pavement before they were picked up by a family visiting the park from Korea. By the time they reached the Furnace Creek Visitor Center about an hour later, the woman was unconscious and exhibiting symptoms of heat distress. She survived but spent about a week in the hospital, according to the Park Service. Read Article

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