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Rescuers Find Boy Scout Troop Missing Overnight

January 14, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Rescuers found a Boy Scout troop, missing overnight while on a canoe trip along a creek in central Florida near Eustis, after one of the boys' parents tracked them down using a cell phone.

Lt. Cecil Garrett of the Lake County Sheriff's Office said authorities picked up the 10 boys, ages 11 to 17, and two adult scoutmasters and drove them to safety.

Delayed by high water and fallen trees that choked the creek, the scouts from Palm Bay, Fla., failed to reach their rendezvous point by nightfall, camping out instead in a cold rain, without any shelter or protection from the elements.

The scouts carried no food, sleeping bags or warm clothing to protect them from nighttime temperatures that dropped into the low 40s.

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