Mo. deaths of 3 hikers underscore need for safety

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Associated Press

Posted on January 15, 2013 at 1:33 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Experts say the weather-related deaths of an Air Force veteran and two young sons during a Missouri hike illustrate the need for simple precautions that could avert similar tragedies.

Authorities say experienced hiker David Decareaux and two of his boys, ages 10 and 8, of Millstadt, Ill., weren't equipped for the elements when they set out Saturday on the Mark Twain National Forest's Ozark Trail in light clothing.

The temperatures plunged through the day and overnight, before their bodies were found Sunday morning on the trail.

Officials and experts say hikers should never take weather for granted and should dress in layers, taking more food and other supplies than they actually may need.

The Decareauxes will be buried Friday near St. Louis.

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