A group of scouts and their leaders had an unexpected ending to their three-day camping/hiking trip in the mountains above Willard and Perry. The group from Brigham City, five scouts and two adult leaders, had to be brought down by helicopter Saturday afternoon after three suffered medical problems and the rest became stranded.
Box Elder County Sheriff Lynn Yeates said the scouts started off Thursday hiking from the North Ogden area. One of the leaders apparently injured his hand on Friday and others in the group suffered heat exhaustion and dehydration after they ran out of water.
Dispatch was notified about 1:15 on Saturday that the group was stranded above Perry and Search and Rescue personnel were called in to assist with the mountain rescue, as was Life Flight and a Utah Highway Patrol helicopter. A Brigham City ambulance was stationed at a base camp to treat the scouts as they were brought down, two at a time, Yeates said.
Earlier in the week, a father and son from Riverton spent the night at George Creek after their truck slid off a mountain road late Tuesday night, July 24. Box Elder County Search and Rescue personnel found the pair unharmed Wednesday morning.
Kevin Potter, Chief Deputy Sheriff, said the two men, one 68 and the other 34, were in the western part of the county scouting a good deer hunting area when their 4-wheel drive truck skidded and began to tip on the steep mountain terrain. They used their cell phones to contact Dispatch, but because of their location and the time of night, it was decided to wait until morning to call out searchers. The men were prepared to stay as they had plenty of food and water with them.
A deputy in the area attempted to find the men that night but was unable to do so. Eleven Search and Rescue members discovered the men the following morning, but another hunter scouting the area had pulled the pair’s truck back onto the road earlier.
George Creek is located high in the mountains overlooking Park Valley on one side and Yost on the other, Potter said.