Park officials rescued four missing Boy Scouts near Nevada’s White Rock Canyon on Saturday, but were unable to save the group’s troop leader from the region’s extreme heat.
The four Boy Scouts and two adults had gone missing during a trip to Lake Mead National Recreation Area, located near the Nevada-Arizona border, the Los Angeles Times reports. Las Vegas police officers were able to find the group after a four-hour search, but not before the region’s intense heat had claimed the life of one of the party’s troop leader.
Clawson Bowman Jr., 69, died about a mile from White Rock Canyon, the Los Angeles Times reports. Officials said that Bowman had suffered from heatstroke after prolonged exposure to the weekend’s 110-degree temperatures.
"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."
A second man, who had yet to be identified by National Park service officials, also suffered from heatstroke, the Times reports. The unnamed man was flown out of the area by the rescue party.
Throughout the search, the missing Boy Scouts reportedly stayed on the phone with park officials, earning praise for their bravery. "The boys were very brave this afternoon as they tried to explain their location to our dispatchers," Vanover said in the statement.
The missing Boy Scouts were treated by paramedics on scene and flown to safety, the Los Angeles Times reports. Officials have yet to release their names.
Arizona’s Mohave County Medical Examiner will determine the exact cause of Bowman’s death, the Los Angeles Times reports. Park officials had attempted to discourage hikers by enacting an excessive-heat warning, set to expire Sunday night.
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