Missing Boy Scouts Rescued from Arkansas WildernessMeredith Carroll
My 2-year-old daughter starts preschool next month. While she’s ready and I’m ready and the school and the teachers are dreamy, I’m still having anxiety about unleashing her to someone else’s care two days a week. After all, since was born nearly 3 years ago, she has hardly been far from my sight, ever.
I have nightmares about her going off with her class, wandering off and getting lost. And then I read about the six Boy Scouts from Lafayette, Louisiana, who went missing on Sunday when they were due to finish up during a backpacking trip and my heart sinks deep into my stomach just thinking about their poor parents and what they had to be thinking when they heard their boys were gone.
Thankfully mine are just nightmares, and for the parents of the boys in Arkansas, their dreams have come true: the Boy Scouts were rescued this morning.
Six boys, mostly age 14, and two leaders from Troop 162 were plucked from the Arkansas wilderness by helicopter earlier this morning and taken to their parents, who were waiting at a camp supply store. They had been expected back on Sunday but high water prevented them from leaving the heavily wooded area in which they were located in southwestern Arkansas. They were spotted by National Guardsmen from the air last night.
The troop arrived at the Albert Pike Recreation Area on Thursday night, and are said to be experienced outdoorsmen for their age. They also left a detailed plan for their trip since cell service in the area was described as spotty. The main concern was for how much food they would have had left at this point.
When the campers arrived at their campground, the water level was at 3-4 feet, but by Sunday it reached 8 feet following over 7 inches of rain. By Monday the water level was at 11 feet.
Thanks goodness all’s well, but reading stories like this does little to alleviate the anxiety I’m feeling as the countdown begins to my daughter’s formal education.
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