Woman, 19, dies at Cedar Creek Falls; sheriff issues heat warning

Sheriff’s officials issued an excessive heat warning Wednesday after a 19-year-old woman died on the Julian side of Cedar Creek Falls on Monday and emergency crews responded to two other distressed hikers with a dog and an elderly man needing assistance on Tuesday.

Responding to a rescue call at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, a sheriff’s helicopter crew found Lynn Thu Tran unconscious with possible signs of heat stroke. They airlifted her to Palomar Medical Center, where death was pronounced, the medical examiner’s office reported.

At 2:30 p.m. July 10, a sheriff’s helicopter responded to a call of a couple and dog in distress, also on the Julian side of the falls, the sheriff’s department reported. The couple only needed water and was able to walk back on their own, but their dog needed rescue.

While transporting the dog, a group of hikers flagged the helicopter and the rescue crew reported finding a 79-year-old man sitting against a rock complaining of weakness and dizziness. They hoisted him to an ambulance at a nearby Cal Fire station, they reported, adding that the man and dog will recover.

Since January of 2012, ASTREA (Aerial Support To Regional Enforcement Agencies, the air support unit of the sheriff’s department) reports responding to four rescues at Cedar Creek Falls. They made 20 rescues at the falls from January to July of 2011.

No matter your level of health, anyone needs to be careful of the dangers of walking in the heat, officials stated.

“Take it easy when temperatures are this hot,” reads a department release. “Move your exercise indoors or schedule any outdoor activity for early morning or evening to avoid the real heat of the day. It’s also important to remember your pets and ensure they are not overexposed to heat and have plenty of water.

Among other safety tips from the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit:

•Buddy up. Walk or exercise with a partner. If something happens, you’ll have someone to help.

•Phone home. Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return. A cellphone could provide a connection to emergency assistance.

•Drink. Stay hydrated before, during and after exercise.

•Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored and breathable clothing. Bring a hat and sunglasses. Wear sunscreen.

•Take regular breaks. Find some shade or a cool place to stop.

•Head inside. If the heat seems overwhelming, don’t sweat it.

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  5. Man airlifted from Cedar Creek area

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Posted by Maureen Robertson on Jul 11 2012. Filed under News, Ramona. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

4 Comments for “Woman, 19, dies at Cedar Creek Falls; sheriff issues heat warning”

  1. Guest

    Just not wise to go on a hike in the heat. Poor girl. :-(

  2. Guest

    This story seems to repeat itself every few weeks during the summer. I don't want to see the trails closed down again, but I also wonder what possesses someone to take a hike in the extreme heat on a trail that has people routinely dying on it.

    • guest

      Evolution in action!!! Stupid people die and don't live long enough to breed and pollute the gene pool. I can't wait for the next death and lawsuit that will shut down the falls trail forever. People go up there and shit and piss all over the side of the road because no one in charge will provide the most basic of toilet necessities for a trail that has over 100 people visit in a single weekend. This is pathetic, stupid and irresponsible. I only hope a few more people die, that will end this madness. I am up there almost every weekend. I know of what I speak.

      • guest

        Dude. Not cool, man. Despite the lack of precautions taken by this individual, showing respect for the deceased is a quality that should be perpetuated to further generations. Your lack of respect, regardless of what you may or may not know, is a quality in your humanity that is disheartening. Your rage in this matter probably stems for your inability to go to this beautiful natural site because of other's "stupidity," show some empathy and maybe offer yourself for the furthering of knowledge based hikers so as to be educated and connected with their environment. If you are unwilling that's fine, but know you aren't contributing our species successful cohabitation.

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