Hallucinating, vomiting and unable to stand, but guides refused water to dying trekker
Family sues survival school after death of fit 29-year-old on wilderness course
Dan Glaister in Los Angeles
Monday May 7, 2007
"Dave is dead." The words came at the end of the second day of what was supposed to be a character-forming experience, a chance for 12 people to "experience the wilderness to the fullest".
Instead, the trek through the mountains and desert of Utah in the mid-western US left David Buschow, a fit 29-year-old US air force veteran and security guard from New York dehydrated and hallucinating, his eyes bulging and tongue swollen. Less than 10 hours after setting off from the group's overnight camp on the second day, Buschow collapsed and died.
This really makes one think about safety and drinking plenty of water. Listen to your bodies. Exercise is supposed to improve your life, in my opinion, not end it.
It's great to push a little but learn your limits. Vital signs are pretty useful.
There are clues even without a stethoscope or pulse ox; such as: when it's 100 degrees out and you have the chills while watching the mother ship hover above, well, it may be time to rest and drink a glass of water.