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August 28, 2014

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One man found dead, another man and four Boy Scouts taken to safety from Arizona Hot Springs area

BOULDER CITY – One Las Vegas man died in the heat Saturday while another man and four Boy Scouts were rescued with heat-related illness in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, according to a Lake Mead spokeswoman.

According to a media release, Clawson Bowman Jr., 69, was found dead at 3:21 p.m. after an afternoon of searching that began around 1 p.m. when park rangers received a report from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office. Four Boy Scouts were lost, the sheriff reported, near Arizona Hot Springs. Park rangers and firefighters were dispatched.

Then, at 2:21 p.m., rangers received a call reporting that two adult males were suffering from heat stroke in the same area.

Bowman was found about one mile from the trail head and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Mohave County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

The second adult male was located at 3:42 p.m. and was airlifted to safety.

The Boy Scouts maintained phone communication with park rangers throughout the search, park spokeswoman Christie Vanover said. They were located by Metro Police air support at 4:59 p.m.

“Our sympathies go out to the Bowman family,” said Vanover. “We are thankful that, with the support of around 30 first responders, the others were safely rescued. The boys were very brave this afternoon as they tried to explain their location to our dispatchers.”

Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire District and AMR River Medical also assisted with the search.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area is under an excessive heat warning until 8 p.m. Sunday, June 9. Temperatures throughout the park are near or above 110 degrees. Hiking in this heat is highly discouraged.

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  1. An ounce of common sense...

    When you play with fire, you are liable to get burned.

  2. Who is dumb enough to go out hiking in this heat?!

  3. I've hikes and camped those springs since I was a boy scout this is 100% avoidable. That's a stupid hike to do in summer, there's a million warmings and cautions.

  4. May we all learn from the mistakes of others, instead of making those choices ourselves.