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 went missing during a trip to the 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 leaders.
Clawson Bowman Jr., 69, died about a mile from White Rock Canyon. 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 spokeswoman 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 wasn't identified by National Park service officials, also suffered from heatstroke and 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.
The missing Boy Scouts were treated by paramedics at the scene and flown to safety, the L.A. Times reports. Officials have yet to release their names.
Arizona’s Mohave County Medical Examiner will determine the exact cause of Bowman’s death. Park officials had attempted to discourage hikers by enacting an excessive-heat warning, set to expire Sunday night.