Woman died bathing in hot spring under scorching sun: Police officers

TAIPEI, Taiwan - A 73-year-old woman died of heat stroke after bathing in an outdoor hot spring in Wulai, New Taipei City yesterday noon, according to officials of the New Taipei City Fire Department.

Temperatures in Taipei soared to 37.1 degrees Celsius Friday, setting a new high for the year in Taiwan's capital, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The scorching reading was recorded at 12:54 p.m., followed by 36.1 degrees in Banqiao in New Taipei and 35.8 degrees in central Taiwan's Chiayi, also around noon.

Despite the hot weather yesterday at a record-setting temperature, a 48-year-old woman surnamed Kang took her mother to an outdoor natural hot spring along the Nanshi River in Wulai, officials said. Nanshi River is a tributary of the Xindian River.

Around 11 a.m. yesterday, officials of the fire department were informed that two women had fainted in a hot spring. Officials later said that other visitors were enjoying themselves beside the river and noticed that two women were bathing in the hot spring using two umbrellas to block the sunlight. They approached to check after they noticed that the women had not moved for a long while, only to discover that they had fainted in the water. Luckily the water was shallow, officials said.

When help arrived, the daughter recovered from her heat stroke. However the mother had stopped breathing, officials said.

The mother was then sent to the Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital Xindian Branch, however she died after medical treatment, officials said. The daughter was sent to the Cardinal Tien Hospital, officials said.

Police officers said that they have contacted the women's families, and will be figuring out why the women went to bathe in the hot spring in such hot weather conditions.

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