Boy Scout dies during outing in Washington forest

Boy Scout dies during outing in Washington forest

An outing for a Boy Scout troop turned tragic Saturday morning when a 12-year-old boy died while playing in the Olympic National Forest in Washington state.

Deputy Joe Nole with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says the boys were trying to roll a tree into the lake, and that’s when it hooked on one of the boy’s jackets and then rolled over him.

The Scouts were on a boulder field, so the ground was unforgiving as the log rolled over the victim, who sustained a massive head injury.

Deputies say the accident happened about 9 a.m. Saturday at Lena Lake, a remote but popular camping area off Highway 101 near the small community of Eldon.

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The boy’s father was among the four adults and ten scouts on the trip.

It took search and rescue teams about three hours to reach the scene by foot. A helicopter airlift was considered, but bad weather eliminated that option. Deputies say arriving earlier would not have made a difference in this case.

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