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Sat, Oct. 19

Lost Boy Scout troop rescued from wilderness

Yavapai County Sheriff's Forest Patrol deputies and the Arizona Department of Public Safety Ranger helicopter crew helped rescue a Boy Scout Troop lost in the Pine Mountain Wilderness off the Bishop Creek Trail near Prescott on Saturday, Sept. 18.

The troop of two leaders and six children younger than 15 from Phoenix was one of many participating in a high-ground event where they climbed peaks in different locations and signaled each other with mirrors, said Dwight D'Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

At 3:15 p.m., YCSO dispatchers received a call from a Prescott resident who had heard over ham radio from the troop leader who used a ham radio to report one of the boys was getting sick and the group was running out of water.

The troop leader sent GPS coordinates for the group in the Pine Mountain Wilderness off the Bishop Creek Trail, between the Prescott and Tonto national forests.

The DPS Ranger helicopter crew was notified, but couldn't come until later because they were already involved in a search outside Yavapai County, so forest patrol deputies contacted the troop and told them to stay put until the helicopter arrived, D'Evelyn said.

Just before 6 p.m., the DPS Ranger helicopter found the troop.

The troop's signal mirrors, which were spotted about 5 miles out, helped the DPS crew find the troop, D'Evelyn said.

Over the next hour, the DPS Ranger crew flew the troop members, who were all in good condition and did not need to be hospitalized, out in small groups to safety, D'Evelyn said.

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