All I can say is sheesh! What tragedies the Scouts are going through these days.
posted on 07/29/2005 6:17:21 PM PDT
It's been a bad week for the boy scouts.
posted on 07/29/2005 6:19:27 PM PDT
by Rodney King
(No, we can't all just get along.)
How could they hit by the lightening with just a tarp? Is there metal attached?
posted on 07/29/2005 6:20:04 PM PDT
by Recovering Ex-hippie
(Everything I need to know about Islam I learned on 9-11!)
This has got to have an effect on their recruiting.
posted on 07/29/2005 6:20:16 PM PDT
(I'm sweating like a muslim wearing a backpack on a London subway!)
Dang! Sounds like the Zotamatic has been miscallibrated. What a week.
Very sorry to hear this. I respect the folks who volunteer their time to help kids get a good start. This is terrible.
posted on 07/29/2005 6:20:42 PM PDT
(US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservative.)
posted on 07/29/2005 6:21:18 PM PDT
(From the mind of BOAZO)
God must be sending a message.
posted on 07/29/2005 6:32:59 PM PDT
by Doe Eyes
A couple months ago a NJ boy scout fell off a boat on a scouting trip and drowned in the ocean. I remember a few years back when two or three scouts got washed off a bridge on a river in flood, and drowned.
And we just signed up our son for Cub Scouts. Mother's nerves here.
They camped in a meadow, offering a high profile path for electrical charge flow.
SEEK: Seek clumps of shrubs or trees of uniform height. Seek ditches, trenches or the low ground. Seek a low, crouching position with feet together with hands on ears to minimize acoujstic shock from thunder.
posted on 07/29/2005 7:13:55 PM PDT
Don't most tarps have grommets? There may be enough metal on them to attract lightening if conditions are right, I guess.
I'm sorry for this boy and his family. I pray for them.
posted on 07/29/2005 7:14:12 PM PDT
(Founder of the Loose Change Club. Every nickle and dime counts!!)
More info in todays Fresno Bee
The Boy Scout group was in a meadow surrounded by trees when the lightning storm became heavy. They split into two groups and set up two tarps more than 50 feet apart to seek refuge from the storm, Picavet said. Then, a lightning strike made a direct hit on one tarp.
"Everyone under that tarp was affected in some degree," Picavet said.
Using a map of the park, two teenage boys made a 25-minute run to the nearest ranger station and hurried back with the on-duty ranger, Picavet said.
posted on 07/29/2005 7:22:48 PM PDT
The Bee article states that the strike occurred near
Sandy Meadow. Check out the panorama of Sandy Meadow.
If they set up the tarp in the meadow, that was a mistake. The trees nearby of nearly equal height would have provided better protection.
posted on 07/29/2005 7:32:23 PM PDT
The Boy Scout leaders did everything they could to protect the scouts and then they handled the emergency like they were suppose to after it happened. The leaders immediately started CPR and send someone for help. The scout was medaerovaced to University Medical Center, but too much damage was done to his body. His parents are really stepping up to the plate and donating his organs to 7 people.
It is my understand that this has been a had year for people strike by lightening in Sequoia National Park.
I read online that more people die each year in Ga. from lightning than from snake bites. My son wanted to go outside today when it was storming BAD. Lots of thunder and lightning and pouring rain. I printed out the story about the scouts, and the two who died in Ga. after lightning strike. Scary.
posted on 07/29/2005 7:46:15 PM PDT
(America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people. Pres. George Bush)
Boy Scouts have accidents all the time. If you go out in the world, camp in tents, go boating, camping, rock climbing, there will be accidents.
What's happening is that the MSM is reporting everything they can get about Scouts and accidents.
Remember the Shark Summer, when shark attacks were actually way down, but media reports tripled?
posted on 07/29/2005 8:29:59 PM PDT
BSA: Bad-luck Scouts of America
posted on 07/30/2005 1:35:09 AM PDT
by The Red Zone
(Florida, the sun-shame state, and Illinois the chicken injun.)
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