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California family found dead on hiking
trail died of extreme heat, dehydration,
authorities say

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Posted By: NorthernDog, 10/24/2021 2:02:04 PM

A Northern California family and their dog who were mysteriously found dead in a remote hiking area most likely died from hyperthermia and probable dehydration, authorities said Thursday. The Mariposa County Sheriff's Office previously said the updates on the deaths of John Gerrish, wife Ellen Chung, their 1-year-old daughter Miju, and their dog Oski, an 8-year-old Aussie/akita mix, would be the final investigative update on the case. (Snip) The area where they were hiking had temperatures between 107 degrees and 109 degrees at one point and there was little shade, Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremy Briese said. "This is, again


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Reply 1 - Posted by: janjan 10/24/2021 2:13:44 PM (No. 956153)
What kind of moron takes a 1 year old out in those conditions? I guess a dead one.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: MOBeef4u 10/24/2021 2:23:28 PM (No. 956166)
People who go larking about in “nature” based on knowledge gleaned from Disney stories or fairy tales often pay the ultimate price for their ignorance. The deaths of the baby and the dog make this story particularly tragic.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: jalo1951 10/24/2021 2:28:13 PM (No. 956175)
Not a pleasant way to go. Sad for everyone involved but, yes, a bit foolish to undergo such a hike under those conditions. Is there no way some kind of GPS system can be activated to follow people who go out into the "wilderness" be it forest or desert or mountains? Maybe some kind of call center where they register, give basic info where they might go and basic info for their whereabouts. Perhaps I am being naive about such things. Just some kind of tracking aid that might be necessary because of illness, accident or they simply have lost their way.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: curious1 10/24/2021 2:50:57 PM (No. 956196)
#3, one method is to carry a PLB (personal locator beacon).
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Sandpiper 10/24/2021 3:12:00 PM (No. 956216)
How very tragic.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: DVC 10/24/2021 3:20:08 PM (No. 956226)
If you've never watched someone go into dehydration in the've missed a lesson. An idiot girlfriend of a good friend wouldn't drink much before we started down a long, totally dry trail in the Grand Canyon in August. 1/3 of the way down, she was flushed, stumbling, out of water because she refused our urging to drink a lot of extra water before starting out. The rest of us gave her some of our water, and the fool perked up. We were short on water until we got to the river. Never hike with fools, they'll do stupid stuff and expect you to save them.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: bad-hair 10/24/2021 3:41:34 PM (No. 956258)
Start off in the morning unprepared. Then High Noon hits you. At 107 degrees you need not be outside any more than at 20 below.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Corndoggies 10/24/2021 4:11:10 PM (No. 956284)
I recently heard a tip. Change your vm recording to say your last location so even if your phone goes dead people can hear where you’re at. There’s lots of possible problems with this, cell reception being foremost.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: rocket-j-squirrel 10/24/2021 4:11:39 PM (No. 956285)
Having lived in AZ for 30+ years ( and moving back to Ok), I had a personal bout with heat stroke twice. If it's over 90 degrees and I'm out doing something, I know that the prickly heat on the back of my neck is telling me to cool down and hydrate.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Toby Ten Bears 10/24/2021 4:16:38 PM (No. 956290)
Guess who's gonna be voting D-RAT this year!!!
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Reply 11 - Posted by: red1066 10/24/2021 5:02:50 PM (No. 956337)
So more stupid people died. In a way, the one year old was saved from being brought up by people with little to no intelligence and absolutely no common sense. I also feel sorry for the dog.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: danu 10/24/2021 5:20:30 PM (No. 956351)
May God rest them, and receive their souls -united- into His care.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: GO3 10/24/2021 5:49:24 PM (No. 956370)
Obviously not educated in real world effects as #2 says. The sad thing is people do work outside in high temperatures and learn to deal with it. I've spent a total of six years cumulative in areas where it's 110 to 120 six months out of the year. Last trip out in the field was five years ago and it was 123. My personal record was 136, but this is why Camelbacks were invented.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: DVC 10/24/2021 7:04:28 PM (No. 956417)
If you drink enough, high temps can be dealt with, even when working hard. A friend and I used to bike all summer, 30+ miles in the afternoon. We never let the temps stop us. I do remember running out of water on a 109F day half way around in a very rural area, and stopping at a house with a hose visible. Knocked on the door, nobody home, so we helped our selves to the hose. After running out the scalding water, we refilled our bottles, hosed down our heads with cool water for a bit and continued on. The head hosing felt really nice.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Omen55 10/24/2021 9:56:42 PM (No. 956477)
The real tragedy is that the Darwin Award nom took his family down with him😢
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Reply 16 - Posted by: 4Justice 10/24/2021 10:05:05 PM (No. 956478)
That's sad. I don't understand why anyone wouldn't automatically bring a water filtration system on a long hike--especially in the heat. Shoot, I would also keep divining rods & a small shovel just in case! I like living...
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Highlander 10/25/2021 5:49:59 AM (No. 956610)
Unfortunately for the innocents, fools are dangerous.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Laotzu 10/25/2021 9:02:20 AM (No. 956722)
The IPhone generation is a danger to themselves and anyone around them.
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