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Heat & humidity was too much for rescued hikers

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Despite Sunday's hot and humid temperatures -- plenty of hikers still hit the trails -- but the heat turned out to be too much for some. 

Cell phone video shows a woman being airlifted from a hiking trail near Lake Poway after paramedics say the heat overwhelmed her.

“It's about four miles each way - you're climbing altitude and it's hot and humid,” Poway Fire Department Captain Michael Geddes, said.

And as crews were assisting her, they discovered a second hiker who also needed help.

“It's a beautiful area people like to go out and hike Potato Chip Rock trail is pretty popular - the mistake they make is not accurately assessing how physically fit they are and also not bringing enough water,” Capt. Geddes said. 

One hiker was placed on a stretcher, loaded into an ambulance and transported to the hospital. The second person was transported as well.

Captain Geddes says he can't stress enough just how much water you need on a day like this. 

“Carry a liter of water per person for every mile you're walking in these type of heat conditions and know your limitations,” he said. 

Even hikers in good shape, admit the heat was a challenge for them.

“It's definitely longer going up then coming back its straight up hill,” one hiker said.  “Yeah I went through two bottles of water going up there and on the way back I had none.”

Captain Geddes says besides bringing water, wear proper clothing, and make sure to carry a cell phone.

The two rescues here Sunday just minutes apart, reminders of how important it is to be prepared. 

“I would just encourage anybody going out in this heat to take the proper precautions and watch out for each other,” Capt. Geddes said. 

And both hikers who were rescued didn't appear to be in serious condition, the woman airlifted was talking to paramedics as she was loaded into that ambulance.

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