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10/22/2013 2:54:00 PM
Boy Scout Troop rescued from West Fork

FLAGSTAFF -- Coconino Sheriff's Deputies and Search and Rescue Volunteers rescued a group of eight Boy Scouts and three adult leaders from the West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon after a scout leader injured his leg

About 11 p.m. Saturday night, the Coconino Sheriff's Office got a call man about 30-years old, one of three adult leaders from Phoenix who had taken a troop of scouts ranging on a hike through the West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon.  The scouts ranged in age from 8 to 12 years old. The young caller said that about three miles into their hike, the group encountered an unexpected large body of water that stopped their progress. The leaders said that the scouts were not prepared to wade through the water that would reach chest high on some boys. At the same time, the other male scout leader, who was 71 years old, injured his leg and that hiking or walking was painful.  The leader who called hiked out to the West Fork Trail Head off of Woody Mountain Road where they had parked and began their hike. He was able to obtain cell service and called the Sheriff's Office for help and subsequently hiked back to the location where he left the rest of his group.

 Sheriff's Deputies and Search and Rescue Volunteers hiked to the group's location.  Some of the rescuers immediately escorted the boy scouts and a thirty year old female leader back to Woody Mountain Road.  A group of Search and Rescue Volunteers remained with the injured leader and administered wilderness first aid preparing him to hike back to the starting point.  The rescuers and the injured leader reached Woody Mountain Road on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at about 7:20 a.m. A crew from Guardian Medical Transport met the victim as he arrived and conducted an initial medical assessment.  The injured person refused additional medical care and declined transportation to the medical center.  The Boy Scouts and their leaders returned to the Phoenix area where they live.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Confused

That scout just earned a Cell Phone Badge.

Hmmm, an unexpected large body of water? Doh!

Posted: Monday, October 28, 2013
Article comment by: Timothy Hudnall

Scout Motto.. BE PREPARED!

Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Article comment by: Scouts are an at risk group

We constantly see stories of well intentioned scout troops getting into trouble in the outdoors, trouble which almost always is avoidable.

Some of these outings tragically result in fatalities.

Parents, be sure to look closely at whoever is leading your children in these scout troops. They are often well intentioned but woefully unqualified outdoorspeople.

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