Oklahoma Scouts Hike To Higher Ground At Flooded Philmont Ranch


Sunday, June 28th 2015, 3:40 pm
By: News On 6


Some Oklahoma Boy Scouts have been affected by flooding at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico that killed one camper. The Tulsa-area Scouts with Troop 81 were able to hike to higher ground and are safe, according to reports. It's believed a Stillwater Scout troop may also have been at the massive ranch donated by Tulsa oilman Waite Phillips.

New Mexico State Police say one Boy Scout on a camping trip with his troop has died after he and three other teens were swept away in a flash flood.

The name of the victim has not been released.

Sergeant Chad Pierce says eight Boy Scouts, three adult crew leaders and a scout ranger were on a 12-day trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch on Saturday when the flooding hit.

Pierce says at about 4:30 a.m., floodwaters came through the canyon where they were camping and swept away four boys, all between ages 14 and 17.

Ranch employees rescued three.

State Police were called around 9:30 a.m. and a rescue team recovered the remaining boy's body roughly a mile from where he was swept away.

Authorities are not releasing the boy's identity.

The area is in northern New Mexico, near the Colorado state line.