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Jul 13, 2012 1:48 AM

Lost Boy Scout 911 call released

TUCSON - The Pima County Sheriff's Department Thursday released a 911 call made by a lost Boy Scout.

The 14-year-old lost his way Wednesday Night while trying to get back to camp in the Santa Rita Mountains. Rescuers found him and returned him to his family.

"Our scout leader told us that that there might be, like, some illegal immigrants trying to cross through here," the boy told the 911 operator.

About 8 kids were supposed to stay the night by themselves in the woods. They were trying to earn their Wilderness Survival Merit Badge.

The boy told the operator his scout leader did not know he smuggled a phone.

"So were you not supposed to have a phone?" the operator asked. "Did you sneak that out with you?"

"Yeah," the scout said, "because I knew something bad was going to happen."

The dispatcher tracked the boy's location using GPS on his cell phone.

The boy saw the deputies coming down the road. A few minutes later, rescuers saw the boy's flashlight, according to the 911 recording.

He did not want to give his name but did do an interview with News 4 Tucson.

"I think it was kind of more my fault for leaving," he said, "and not staying where I was."

He does not think he will go back to complete his merit badge.

"Other than that it was pretty fun," he said.

News 4 Tucson tried to talk to the scout leader, but he was still up in the woods, according to a family member.


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