Two hikers found, one dead, one severely dehydrated

PALM SPRINGS – Authorities found two hikers — one man dead and the other with severe dehydration — in a rugged canyon south of Palm Springs, the Sheriff’s Department said today.

The two hikers were found in Murray Canyon by rangers for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Tribe. As the rangers gave first aid, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Palm Desert station were dispatched to the scene at 1:26 p.m. Saturday to assist them, according to a department statement.

One hiker, a 43-year-old man who was described as a foreign national by the Coroner’s Office, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Paramedics rushed the second to an area hospital with severe signs of dehydration, He was listed in critical condition.

No foul play was suspected and the dead hiker’s name will be released after relatives can be notified.

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