Rescue teams had to rescue a group of women filming a religious reality TV show from a sweltering mountaintop – and they thanked ‘divine intervention’ for their lucky escape.
The eight women were filming Bad Girls Gone Good on Camelback Mountain in Arizona, USA, in 38C heat.
They left for the mountain at 7am on Thursday (June 23) with just a bottle of water each and four phones.
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Other hikers were forced to call 911 on their behalf after reporting experiencing heat exhaustion symptoms such as lightheadedness and lightheadedness.
Tatiana Robinson told TUSEN 10: “We think if they hadn’t called – I don’t know what would have happened, but we might not have made it.
“I started getting really, really dizzy, and after a while I just said, ‘No, I can’t do that’.”
Phoenix firefighters helped the women down the mountain, with some carried on stretchers and others carried by helicopter.
Three of the group aged 24, 42 and 50 were taken to hospital.
Kristen Livingston said, “I barely made it. I had an episode in the car where I almost passed out. It was a lot.”
Bad Girls Gone Good was supposed to test their physical abilities and spirituality, but hikers told firefighters they hadn’t done their research on the perilous trail.
Despite this, they remained steadfast in their belief that it was all God’s plan.
“God was definitely with us,” Robinson said.
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According to the New York Post, lifeguards are frequently called in to rescue ill-prepared hikers on Camelback Mountain, a tricky climb with a 1,280-foot peak.
Additionally, temperatures can get so hot that authorities often have to close the mountain.
Temperatures in Arizona can reach nearly 50°C.