Boy Scout dies in flash flood while camping in New Mexico

Jun 28, 2015 3:15 PM by News Staff

CIMARRON, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico State Police say a Boy Scout on a camping trip with his troop has died after he and three other teens were swept away in a flash flood.

Sgt. Chad Pierce says eight Boy Scouts, three adult crew leaders and a scout ranger were on a 12-day trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch on Saturday when the flooding hit.

Pierce says at about 4:30 a.m., floodwaters came through the canyon where they were camping and swept away four boys, all between ages 14 and 17.

Ranch employees rescued three.

State Police were called around 9:30 a.m. and a rescue team recovered the remaining boy's body roughly a mile from where he was swept away.

Authorities are not releasing the boy's identity.

The area is in northern New Mexico, near the Colorado state line.

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