Teen dies on Australian hiking trip

Last updated 14:58 22/12/2012

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A 14-year-old boy from Scotland has died while on a hiking trip with his father in Western Australia's northwest.

The teenager, who arrived in the country in mid-December, became dehydrated while walking along Badjirrajirra Creek, about 20km south of Exmouth, yesterday.

He collapsed about four hours into the hike with little water or shade. Temperatures in the region were well above 40 degrees Celsius.

Police say they responded to emergency calls from the boy's father, a 49-year-old Geraldton man, only to find the pair about 700m down a gully near the Badjirrajirra car park.

Officers carried the boy to the car park and performed CPR.

He was rushed to Exmouth Hospital by ambulance but died early last night.

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