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Woman, 27, dies hiking The Wave

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 24th, 2013

A 27-year-old Mesa woman died from apparent heat-related stress while hiking The Wave with her husband July 22, the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary, according to Kane County (Utah) officials.

Elisabeth Ann Bervel and her husband, Anthony Bervel, began their hike at 8 a.m., made it to The Wave but lost the trail a couple of times on their return to the trailhead, officials said. The delays put them into the hottest part of the day.

Hiking longer in the heat and the sand took its toll on Elisabeth, as her legs gave way and she couldn’t continue. Anthony hiked out until he could get cell phone service and call for help, officials said. A medical helicopter was dispatched from Page, but Elisabeth was in cardiac arrest and could not be revived.

The Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office in Salt Lake City is investigating the cause of death.

The Bervels have two sons, ages 4 and 5, who were with family in Arizona, according to information provided by Kane County.

It was the third death near The Wave in less than three weeks. A California couple—Patricia Wahli, 69, and Ulrich Wahli, 70—were found dead on the trail July 3.

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