Scouts help rescue ill leader

July 25, 2009 7:14:48 AM PDT
Colorado authorities say a dozen Boy Scouts from Houston helped carry their adult leader to safety after he became ill in the backcountry. La Plata County emergency management director Butch Knowlton says 58-year-old Don Leever came down with an unspecified illness Monday while backpacking with the Scouts in southwest Colorado.

By Thursday Leever was too ill to walk, so the boys made a stretcher and carried him. Knowlton says that after about three-quarters of a mile, they met a ranger who radioed for help.

A helicopter took Leever to Mercy Medical Center in Durango. Hospital spokesman David Bruzzese says Leever is in fair condition, but can't discuss the patient further.

County officials say they don't know the nature of Leever's illness.

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