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