3 Boy scout troops rescued, 22 total, from cold wet conditions

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Large group of adults and kids are all safe after cold, wet trip

APACHE LAKE - A boy scout who became ill after being lost in a storm has been found and rescued, due to efforts of rescue crews and the dispatch of a Maricopa County sheriff's helicopter.

The boy, who was showing signs of hypothermia, was not taken to the hospital because rescue workers and his father warmed his body back to the appropriate temperature.

About 22 people, either boy scouts or adult chaperones, consisting of 3 different scout troops, were under distress due to the bad weather conditions from the Friday night storm during their camping trip.

The entire group has made a safe return from the area near Highway 88 at the Rivas Trailhead.

Originally, a rescue crew was called out for a smaller group of 9, with the sick boy among them.

That group had seven boys and two adults camping together.

It was later that the rescue team found other scout troops also needing to get out of the cold and wet conditions.

As deputies were helping the one troop, they came across 2 other scout troops who were also wet and had a long muddy hike out.

The 3 scout troops were from Mesa, Tempe, and Prescott.

None of the 22 were taken to the hospital.

Original Associated Press report:

PHOENIX (AP) -- Search and rescue crews and a Maricopa County sheriff's helicopter were working Saturday to get medical aid to a Boy Scout who apparently fell ill during a camping trip near Apache Lake.

Sheriff's spokesman Det. Aaron Douglas says two adults and seven scouts were camping in the area about 65 miles east of Phoenix.

He says crews were called to the area but as of late morning he wasn't sure if they had located the campers.

A cold early spring storm was dropping rain across much of Arizona Saturday.

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