One Boy Scout died in a flash flood at New Mexico’s Philmont Scout Ranch on Saturday, the AP reported. Four of eight teens in the group were swept away when water flooded their campsite. A search and rescue team was able to save three of the four.
The campers were on a 12-day hike when floodwaters near North Ponil Canyon hit them. “The health and safety of our youth members is our top priority,” the ranch said in a statement. “Our staff immediately began making contact with all crews and participants throughout the backcountry to offer assistance and assure the safety of all participants.”
About 20,000 Boy Scouts visit Philmont Scout Ranch each year.