Boy Scout troop rescued from Oak Creek Canyon

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

SEDONA, Ariz. -- A Boy Scout troop had to be rescued during a hike in Oak Creek Canyon last weekend.

Coconino County sheriff's deputies and Search and Rescue volunteers assisted with the rescue of eight Boy Scouts and three adult leaders after one of their leaders sustained a leg injury. 

On Saturday at about 11 p.m., the Coconino County Sheriff's Office received a call from a man who identified himself as one of three adult leaders who had taken a troop of Boy Scouts on a hike through the West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon. The boys ranged in age from 8 to 12 years old.

According to the caller, approximately three miles into their hike the group encountered an unexpected large body of water that ceased their forward progress.

According to the caller the group was not equipped or prepared to wade through the water that at its highest point was chest high on some of the boys.

During this same time period, the other male leader, 71, injured his leg to the point that he found hiking or walking to be painful.

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 30-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 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.