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Boy Scout rescued from Paria Canyon

Modified: Thursday, Jun 6th, 2013

A 14-year-old boy who had become separated from his party while hiking Paria Canyon was rescued in the early morning hours of June 6, the Coconino County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

According to the report:

A church Boy Scout group from Mesa, Ariz., was in the second day of a multi-day hike. The scout leader and six scouts had entered the canyon at the Wire Pass Trailhead.

On Wednesday afternoon, the boy became separated from the group when he stopped due to a muscle cramp. He attempted to catch up, but couldn't do it before nightfall. He walked back up the canyon to a wide area, where he placed his sleeping bag out in the open to be visible for searchers.

Due to a lack of communication from inside the canyon, the scout leader hiked the group out to Lee’s Ferry where they reported the lost subject.

Around 11 p.m., the sheriff' office received notice of the lost boy.

The sheriff’s search and rescue unit requested a helicopter from Department of Public Safety while teams from Kane County and Coconino sheriff’s offices searched on the ground.

The helicopter crew located the missing boy around 3:30 a.m. and was able to land in the canyon. The boy was flown to Lee’s Ferry. He was medically assessed on scene and suffered no injuries.

He was then transported the boy to Flagstaff where he was reunited with his parents.

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