13-year-old Boy Scout killed in flash flood
Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 3:53 - A Sacramento Boy Scout died when he was swept in a flash flood while on a weekend camping trip in northern New Mexico.
Three other boys were also caught in the flood, but managed to escape unharmed, reported CNN.
Thirteen-year-old Alden Brock was swept by the raging waters at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday at the North Ponil Canyon, about 15 miles northeast of the main Philmont Scout Ranch Training Center, the Golden Empire Council in Sacramento told KCRA.
Eight Boy Scouts and four adults were in the canyon at the time taking part in a 12-day trek across the ranch, officials said.
"We've had people that have worked at the ranch for 30 years plus, and they've never seen anything like this," Steve Nelson, a spokesman for the ranch told CNN.
Officials say the creek is normally 2 to 3 feet wide and 10 to 12 inches deep, but that the surge of water made it 20 to 30 feet deep and 100 yards wide that morning.
"We began to try and alert the Scouts and get them safe, but this came through very, very quickly," said Nelson.
Alden's body was found about a mile from where he was swept away, officials said.
All the Boy Scouts at Philmont continued on in honor of Alden.
A statement posted on the Golden Empire Council's Facebook page read, "Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragic incident.This is a very difficult time for our Scouting family. We request prayers for the family, friends and fellow Scouts."
One scout wrote, 'We're safe mom, but our hearts are heavy. Even though we didn't know the kid who died, he is our brother in scouting. We held a memorial for him on the trail and are praying for his family."
The troops do receive training for hazardous weather, and the Scouts have counselling available, officials added.
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Source: KCRA | CNN