Boy Scout's 9-1-1 call for help in notorious drug corridor

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Boy Scout's 9-1-1 call for help in notorious drug corridor

CREATED Jul 12, 2012

Reporter: Valerie Cavazos

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -- Cold and scared, the 14-year-old Boy Scout calls 9-1-1 for help in a remote site near Sonoita. The Scouts were working on survival merit badges where the boys head out on their own for the night, but he took a wrong turn and wandered from his camp -- knowing their could be danger.

Boy Scout: "Our scoutmaster told us there might be, like illegal immigrants trying to cross through and that's why they want to .. "
9-1-1 Operator: "That's part of our concern." Because the area is a notorious drug corridor. He told   the 9-1-1 operator that he sees flashlights ahead.

9-1-1 Operator: "How far away are they?
Boy Scout: "4 or 5 fields away. I tried signaling them, but I don't think they can see me."
9-1-1 Operator: "Let's have you avoid doing that right now, because we don't know who that is that we're seeing."

Several minutes later, the boy scout told the operator that he's hiding behind a tree and staying quiet. He was also worried that he would get into  trouble with his scoutmaster for sneaking out a cell phone.

Boy Scout: "Because I knew something bad was going to happen .."
9-1-1 Operator: 'You know what though, that was good thinking on your behalf."

20 minutes later, the teen said he saw a van and a green truck.

Boy Scout: "They left the lights on in case they wanted to go back."

The Boy Scout waited -- quietly -- again.  Another 10 minutes pass before he was finally rescued by Pima County Deputies and Border Patrol.