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Missing Boy Scouts Rescued in Nevada; Troop Leader Dead

Monday, 10 Jun 2013 09:05 AM

By Alexandra Ward

Park rangers rescued four missing Boy Scouts near Nevada's White Rock Canyon Saturday, but one of the troop's adult supervisors had already succumbed to the 110-degree heat and died.

The four Boy Scouts and two adults embarked on a trip to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area but got lost in the blazing heat near the Nevada-Arizona border southeast of Las Vegas. The group was missing for about four hours before officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department spotted them.

Clawson Bowman Jr., 69, died of heatstroke, officials said, after becoming separated from the others. The other adult was also suffering from heatstroke and had to be air lifted to a nearby hospital.

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"Our sympathies go out to the Bowman family," park spokesperson Christie Vanover said in a statement. "We are thankful that, with the support of around 30 first responders, the others were safely rescued."

Officials had discouraged hiking in the park during an excessive-heat warning set to expire Sunday night.

The Boy Scouts reportedly stayed on the phone with officials for the duration of the rescue, providing details about their location.

"The boys were very brave this afternoon as they tried to explain their location to our dispatchers," Vanover said.

The boys were treated by paramedics and also flown to safety.

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"No one should die from a heat wave, but every year on average, extreme heat causes 658 deaths in the United States — more than tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and lightning combined," Dr. Robin Ikeda, acting director of the National Center for Environmental Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday in a news release.

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