A Florida father and his teen stepson were both found dead Friday in separate parts of a Texas national park after the 14-year-old boy passed out while on a family hike in scorching temperatures, officials said.
The teenager fell ill and lost consciousness around 6 p.m. while he, his stepfather and 21-year-old brother were hiking in the blistering heat on the Marufo Vega Trail at Big Bend National Park, park officials said in a Saturday statement.
The father quickly ran back to their vehicle to find help while the older brother tried to carry his sibling back to the trailhead.
Authorities reached the boy and his brother around 7:30 p.m., and the young man was pronounced dead at the scene, the National Park Service said.
Just 30 minutes later, park rangers and US Border Patrol agents spotted the father’s car, which crashed over the embankment at the Boquillas Overlook.
The 31-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
Temps reached as high as 119 degrees Friday.
“The Marufo Vega Trail winds through extremely rugged desert and rocky cliffs within the hottest part of Big Bend National Park,” the agency said in a statement. “No shade or water makes this strenuous trail dangerous to attempt in the heat of summer.”