BREAKING: Boy Scouts OK after rafts flip on North Fork

On Friday, June 24, 2016, two inflatable rafts containing four adults and ten juveniles from the Buffalo Bill Boy Scout Camp flipped on the North Fork of the Shoshone River in an area known as “Devil’s Elbow.” The call came into the Park County Sheriff’s Communications Center at 11:14 a.m. Devil’s Elbow is located approximately 2 miles west of the National Forest Service boundary. Park County Search and Rescue was activated and immediately responded to the scene. Upon their arrival, SAR discovered that ten of the victims had taken shelter under a rock ledge on the north side of the Shoshone River. The remaining victims were swept approximately ¼ mile down river and were also on the north shore. Members of the SAR Swift Water Rescue Team traversed the river in an inflatable pontoon boat to reach the victims. In order to shuttle them across the river to the south side, the team set up a make shift “zip line” over the river. The line was then used in conjunction with the pontoon boat to ferry the victims to safety. One adult and one juvenile had sustained minor injury. Both were transported to West Park Hospital as a precaution. Their condition is unknown at this time. All of the victims were wearing life jackets and helmets. Medical personnel at the scene commented that this incident could have been a lot worse and credited the victim’s use of personal safety gear for preventing further injuries. *file photo h/t Jennifer Lynn Gould* #reboot #news