Jersey Scouts evacuated from Grand Canyon

August 18, 2008 7:39:56 PM PDT
A group of New Jersey Cub Scouts is coming home from the Grand Canyon, after a harrowing trip.

A group spokesman says the six boys and three adult leaders were among dozens of people airlifted to safety after a Grand Canyon dam gave way yesterday, sending water into a tribal village.

The boys were camping in a gorge near Supai, Ariz. They had spent the past year preparing for their trip by going through endurance training and raising money.

A spokesman for the Northern New Jersey Council of the Boy Scouts of America says all the scouts have had a chance to call home.

They made their way to the airport Monday night, to fly home either Tuesday or Wednesday.

Yesterday's flooding came after days of heavy rain breached an earthen dam, but no injuries have been reported.


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