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3 hikers fall prey to heat on Camelback Mountain

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First responders rescue three people Sunday from Echo Canyon Trail at Camelback Mountain. (Source: Phoenix Fire Department) First responders rescue three people Sunday from Echo Canyon Trail at Camelback Mountain. (Source: Phoenix Fire Department)
On Friday, two people rappelling down Camelback Mountain died. (Source: Phoenix Fire Department) On Friday, two people rappelling down Camelback Mountain died. (Source: Phoenix Fire Department)
Those rescued on Sunday are expected to be OK. (Source: Phoenix Fire Department) Those rescued on Sunday are expected to be OK. (Source: Phoenix Fire Department)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A triple rescue on Camelback Mountain sent one person to the hospital on Sunday. 

The incidents came just days after two people died while climbing in the area, including a teenager and an off-duty phoenix firefighter.

One woman started overheating on her way down from the top.

A good Samaritan stopped by to help her, but the heat got to that helpful person, too, and she was hospitalized.

While firefighters were rescuing them, they came across a third hiker who was getting exhausted on this trail. She was able to walk out on her own after getting some medical attention.

CBS 5 News talked to one of the women, Susan White, who had to be rescued.

"Physically, I was fine but then I started overheating, and I started seeing purple dots and I recognized what was going on," White said. "My husband recognized it and he just set me down. The people in Arizona are great. We had people stop and give me water and stuff and ice and so they were fantastic."

Firefighters said there are many things that can go wrong on these hikes. They had a deadly reminder of that Friday morning.

On Friday, 15-year-old Trevor Crouse, firefighter Gary Johnston and another 15-year-old boy were about 200 feet up the Echo Canyon Trail around 7 a.m. when they fell about 30 feet.

The other boy suffered injuries that were not life threatening.

Authorities said it appeared they were in the middle of a rappelling or rock climbing maneuver when the accident occurred.

Johnstone was a 15-year veteran of the Phoenix Fire Department, Deputy Fire Chief Shelly Jamison said. He spent 10 years with the Sun City Fire Department.

Crouse would have been attending Boulder Creek High School starting on Monday.

Firefighters are asking hikers to bring water and try to avoid hiking on days of triple-digit temperatures.

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