One man died and five others — including four Boy Scouts — were rescued Saturday evening during a search and rescue effort headed by Lake Mead National Recreation Area park rangers and its partners.
The rescue area was in White Rock Canyon area, situated in Arizona about 3.5 miles south of the Hoover Dam Bypass.
Lake Mead NRA emergency responders launched the search about 1:10 p.m. Saturday after the agency’s communication center received a report from Mohave County Sheriff’s Office that four Boy Scouts were lost near Arizona Hot Springs.
At 2:21 p.m., the communication center received another report that two adults accompanying the Boy Scouts were suffering from heat stroke.
Lake Mead NRA rangers made contact with one of the adult males, Clawson Bowman Jr., at 3:21 p.m. about one-mile from the trailhead.
According to the Lake Mead NRA press release, Bowman Jr., 69, of Las Vegas, was pronounced dead on arrival. Mohave County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.
At 3:42 p.m., emergency responders located the second adult male. He was provided advanced life support care until he was air evacuated at 5:54 p.m. and flown to an unspecified hospital.
The four Boy Scouts maintained phone communication with Lake Mead NRA officials throughout the search. They were located by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Air Support at 4:59 p.m.
By 5:31 p.m., the Boy Scouts were safely transported to the trailhead were they were treated by paramedics.
“Our sympathies go out to the Bowman family,” said Christie Vanover, Lake Mead NRA spokeswoman. “We are thankful that, with the support of around 30 first responders, the others were safely rescued. The boys were very brave this afternoon as they tried to explain their location to our dispatchers.”
Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire District and AMR River Medical assisted with the search.
Lake Mead NRA was under an excessive heat warning until 8 p.m. Sunday during which temperatures throughout the park were near or above 110 degrees. Hiking in this heat is highly discouraged.
To learn more about the signs, symptoms and first aid for heat exhaustion and heat stroke, visit http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress/.