July 30, 2005

Teen’s death is sixth U.S. Scout fatality in week

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A 13-year-old Boy Scout left
brain-dead by a California lightning strike that killed his
troop leader was taken off a ventilator and pronounced dead --
the sixth fatality for the Boy Scouts of America this week.

Ryan Collins, of the Napa Valley wine country town of St.
Helena, died on Friday night, a spokeswoman at the University
Medical Center in Fresno told Reuters.

His troop was on a hike in Sequoia National Park on
Thursday when lightning struck a tarp, killing leader Steven
McCollough, 29, also of St. Helena.

In Virginia, four Boy Scout leaders died earlier in the
week in an electrical accident at the Boy Scouts' National
Jamboree. They were setting up a tent when one of the tent
poles hit a power line.