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Boy Scout leader dies while hiking at Lake Mead

Jennifer Kastner

Boy Scout leader dies while hiking at Lake Mead

CREATED Jun. 10, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) --  A hike by Lake Mead turned deadly this weekend for a Las Vegas Boy Scout leader.

Officials believe heat stroke caused the death of 69 year-old Clawson Bowman Jr.
 
Early Saturday morning, Bowman, along with two other adults and seven teens, went hiking 3.5 miles down White Rock Canyon to get to the Colorado River. On the way back, the trail went uphill and the terrain became rough.
 
"About an hour into the hike back up, a couple of the members started feeling some symptoms related to the heat," says park ranger Mark Hnat.
 
Four scouts split off to get help. More than an hour later, the remaining hikers went off for help, leaving Bowman behind.
 
He waited alone, in triple digits, as the sun beat down.
 
The other hikers were rescued by choppers. Bowman was found dead on the trail.
 
"It was a difficult situation. It's never easy to deal with fatalities. It's never easy to deal with families that are thrust into really horrible situations," adds Hnat.
 
It is still unknown why the scouts were taken out to hike, despite the excessive heat warning.
 
The exact cause of Bowman's death is under investigation.
 
Park rangers tell Action News they highly discourage any hiking in this type of heat.
 
The tragic incident at Lake Mead was not the only distress call received over the weekend.
 
Las Vegas Fire & Rescue is reporting that they responded to 16 heat-related calls on Saturday and then another 16 calls on Sunday.
 
Two people had to be hospitalized.

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