Scout Leader Drowns While Saving Boy

The scout emerged from the incident unscathed
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 19, 2018 2:34 PM CDT
Scout Leader Drowns While Rescuing Boy
Salem Pond is shown Thursday, July 19, 2018, in Salem, Utah.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

A Boy Scout leader has drowned after saving a boy struggling in a Utah pond, the AP reports. Authorities say the man was watching over a group of 10- and-11-year-old boys learning swimming techniques Wednesday night when one started having trouble in the water. Salem Police Chief Brad James tells the Salt Lake Tribune that the 25-year-old troop leader pushed the boy to safety, but then the man dropped under the water and never resurfaced. He was submerged in the water for nearly an hour before divers found his body. James says Salem Pond is a popular summer beach spot with picnic tables and calm water, but all swimmers should keep lifejackets handy. The scout escaped without injury. (More drowning stories.)

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