The ACT Ambulance Service has urged the community to consider the consequences of exercising in the heat after a man suffering dehydration during a hike in Kambah called for help.
The 36-year-old man had set off on a seven kilometre hike along the Murrumbidgee River at 6:30am but on return grew weary. He was carrying equipment but had little water so attempted to paddle up the river. He found the current too strong.
The man rang Emergency Triple Zero (000) at 3:30pm when he began walking again.
Intensive care paramedics walked close to a kilometre to find the man and spent about 90 minutes monitoring his condition. He did not require hospitalisation and has since gone home with his family.
The ACT Ambulance Service says it is important that on days of high temperatures members of the community drink enough water and plan ahead if undertaking strenuous activity.