Marin Co. Scout Leader Dies After Falling Ill During Weekend Hike With Sons
(BANT) – Officials say a Marin County Boy Scout leader died this past weekend after he became ill while on a hike with his sons and another scout.
Michael Kan, 49, of San Rafael, was hiking with his two sons and another scout on Luiz Fire Road in the Lucas Valley Open Space Preserve, San Rafael Fire Battalion Chief Jason Hatfield said.
The Marinwood Fire Department responded in a pickup truck to a call around 12:45 p.m. about a man in distress who was having difficulty breathing about a half-mile up the road, Hatfield said.
The San Rafael Fire Department also responded and found Kan in a confused and altered state. Kan was carrying a full, heavy backpack in a very steep area in 90-degree heat, Hatfield said. The group had started hiking around 7 a.m.
Responding paramedics gave Kan fluids through an IV and transported him to Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center. Kan’s condition worsened during transportation to the hospital and he suffered cardiac arrest soon after arriving at the hospital, Hatfield said.
Hospital staff performed CPR but Kan died around 2 p.m., according to Hatfield.