Mountain emergency as eight people filming Bad Girls Gone God TV show rescued

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Eight people had to be rescued from a mountain in Arizona while filming a religious reality show called Bad Girls Gone God.

Two women, aged 50 and 42, and a 24-year-old man, who were said to be on a faith retreat, were taken to hospital by ambulance to be treated for heat-related issues after they didn't bring enough supplies for a hike in 38C (110F) heat.

However, they were all said to be in stable condition after being escorted off the mountain and the remaining five people were taken down the mountain via helicopter or wheel basket.

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The local fire department said the hikers were spread out along the trail which made the making the rescue more complicated.

It is believed that the group set off on the Echo Canyon Trail on Camelback Mountain at around 7am as part of the 'health and wellness' experience intended for the show.

Some members told KPNX that they had flown to Pheonix from out of state to take part in the faith-based reality programme in which they engage in physical exercises.

Kristin Livingston, one of the hikers, explained that they were meant to be facing a "spiritual challenge" but they didn't realise how "just how intense it was".

She said: "We had no idea going into it that this apparently was one of the hardest trails in Phoenix. I think they just have dehydration and things like that. In the name of Jesus, they’re going to be OK!”

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Speaking to KPHO, Jasmine Hunter, who was one of the first to get down the mountain, said that the group were there to film the reality show and that she wasn't aware of the struggles members of the team had after her.

She said: "When we get together, we praise, we worship, we do different activities that not only test our physical but our spiritual capabilities as well."

Before adding: "They noticed they weren’t coming, the stream slowing down. We couldn’t reach anybody on the phone anymore and that’s when we were like, we need to activate.


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