Drowning, lightning kill two Boy Scouts

Jul 13 2011 - 11:02pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- Two Boy Scouts were killed and a third one injured in two separate incidents on Wedneday.

A 12-year-old Scout drowned during a scuba diving outing at Northern Utah's Bear Lake.

Vic Rowberry, of the Boy Scouts' Great Salt Lake Council, said the Las Vegas boy was in about 15 feet of water when he disappeared Wednesday. He was found after a 30-minute search.

Troop leaders performed CPR on the boy until paramedics arrived. He was pronounced dead at a Logan hospital.

In the second incident, a 12-year-old Scout was killed and another injured when lightning struck the Scofield Boy Scout Camp. The two members of a Salt Lake County Scout troop were heading for shelter as a hailstorm moved through the area.

John Gailey, of the Utah National Parks Council, said one boy was struck directly. Staff performed CPR until paramedics arrived by helicopter and pronounced the boy dead.

The second boy had some burns and said he felt ill. He was taken to the hospital.

The camp is on Scofield Reservoir in Carbon County. The boys sleep in tents and participate in water activities.

Rowberry said the Las Vegas troop was at the Bear Lake Aquatics Base Scout camp on the east side of the lake.

He said Scouts get a training class and must be experienced swimmers before being allowed to dive.

The names of the boys involved in the two incidents were not released.

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