- Associated Press - Monday, October 5, 2015

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) - A Boy Scout leader had to be rescued after suffering a heart attack on a southern Arizona hike with his troop.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety says Troop 401 had been hiking Saturday morning near Montezuma Pass Crest Trail, about 13 miles south of Sierra Vista in the Coronado National Forest.

The Cochise County Sheriff’s Department requested assistance from the DPS Southern Air Rescue Unit after the unidentified scout leader was stricken around 10:30 a.m.

Strong winds forced the helicopter to abort the rescue. The U.S. Air Force and U.S. Border Patrol also were unable to land their choppers in the area.

The DPS helicopter finally was able to land about a mile away from the scout leader, who was taken to a hospital. The scouts safely hiked out.



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