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Manti Boy Scouts, leaders airlifted after being stranded in slot canyon

By Nkoyo Iyamba | Posted - Apr 21st, 2013 @ 1:41pm

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WAYNE COUNTY — A group of Boy Scouts and their adult leaders had to be airlifted after getting stranded while hiking in a slot canyon Saturday night.

A group of seven Boy Scouts, ages 14-18, and three adult leaders traveled from Manti to Wayne County for a hiking trip Saturday afternoon. The group planned to complete a difficult hike in a slot canyon known as Pandora's Box, according to Wayne County Deputy Sheriff Matthew Webster.

Five of the Boy Scouts and one of the leaders were able to complete the difficult hike and made it out of the canyon around 1 a.m. Sunday morning. However, the remaining two Boy Scouts and two leaders were unable to make the hike out and were stranded.

The scouts and leaders that completed the hike were able to call the Wayne County Sheriff's Department for help. A helicopter and search and rescue team responded at 8:30 a.m. and were able to airlift the Boy Scouts and leaders from the canyon.

No injuries were reported in the incident.


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