More than 20 Boy Scouts and leaders from Cedar City were rescued by Emery County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) personnel from the Green River on Tuesday.
The group was canoeing on the river with purchased and homemade canoes with the final destination planned for Mineral Bottoms - a distance of 67 river miles. However, problems thwarted their river trip that ended only four miles from the boat ramp.
According to a Facebook post, while on patrol in Green River, Sgt. Mitch Vetere received a call from a relative saying a young man had shown up at a farm needing assistance. Vetere responded to the farm and spoke with the young man who detailed the canoe's issues.
Vetere hooked onto an ECSO boat staged in the river and headed to the Green River State Park boat dock with the young man, the social media post stated.
When they got to the dock, one of the Boy Scout leaders was there who had experienced his canoe flipped after traveling an estimated 200 yards. He was able to self-rescue and make his way back to the boat dock.
A resident who lives down the river also arrived at the dock with three more scouts and a leader who had aborted their trip after too many canoe problems, the post stated.
Vetere, Deputy Jeff Newland, Deputy Dylan Keele, and two scout leaders headed downriver in a rescue boat to locate the remaining scouts and leaders.
The ECSO boat crew found one scout clinging to a tree about one mile downstream. They were able to coax him to let go and float to the boat using his life jacket, the post said.
The ECSO boat continued downstream where the rest of the scouts and leaders were located. Remaining canoes were offloaded to the shore at Crystal Geyser where they could be picked up by a vehicle.