Stranded scouts rescued from AZ canyon

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Prescott, AZ (KPHO) – A 70-year-old Arizona man with cardiac issues who became stranded with two others while hiking a northern Arizona canyon with Boy Scouts has been airlifted to the hospital.

The man was rescued Sunday morning from the West Clear Creek area, several miles east of Camp Verde.

Sheriff’s spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said the man stayed at the base of a steep canyon overnight with his son and grandson. Two others were also stranded.

The remaining four were escorted out without injury.

Just before 3 p.m. Saturday, the sheriff’s office said it received a report that four adults and eight teens were reported missing around after they failed to show up at a designated meeting spot.

Deputies and the Arizona Department of Public Safety found the group three hours later.

D’Evelyn says they stayed overnight because rescuers had to wait for daylight.

By Phil Benson