A couple of French tourists died while randonnaient in the desert of New Mexico, and their son was rescued, authorities announced Friday.
David Steiner, 42, and Ornella Steiner, 51, both from the town of Burgundy, near Reims, in the northeast of France, were walking in the White Sands National Park Tuesday afternoon, when they are apparently died because of the heat, said an investigator from Otero County, David Hunter.
“They underestimated the elements,” said the officer told AFP, adding that the autopsy results were not yet available.
During a routine patrol, park rangers were first found the body of the mother. They consulted the memory of his camera and seen it used with two other people, said the policeman.
The authorities have followed in her footsteps and found the father dead, near the nine year old boy. The latter was dehydrated but conscious and was taken to a local hospital.
County Sheriff Benny House, told the local press that the family was traveling through the United States.
He said he was doing around 38 ° C in the desert, the newspaper Alamogordo Daily News.
There is no shade or water along the trails through the dunes covered park, said to the newspaper the spokesman of the national parks, Patrick O’Driscoll.