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Teen dies while hiking with Boy Scout group that runs out of water in Arizona: Sheriff's Office

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 5/3/2019 Gabriella Khalaj

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PHOENIX – A 16-year-old boy died while hiking with a Boy Scout group on Saturday in Arizona, authorities said.

The group had water but ran out when they got to the top of Picacho Peak between Phoenix and Tucson, the Sheriff's Office said.

On the hike down, the teen began to exhibit signs of extreme dehydration, officials said.

Members of the group called for help and emergency responders attempted to resuscitate the boy but were unsuccessful.

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Sheriff's Office.

a yellow flower in front of a mountain © Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. The boy's identity was not released.

The Grand Canyon Council of the Boy Scouts is "deeply saddened by the death," CEO Andy Price said in a written statement. "This is a very difficult time for our Scouting family."

Grief counselors are available for youth members and adult leaders, he said.

"We offer our sincerest condolences to his family, and we will support them in any way that we can," Price said. "Please join us in keeping his family and friends everywhere in your thoughts and prayers."

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