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BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) — Authorities say temperatures hit an estimated 115 degrees in a Colorado River canyon where a Scout group took a fateful hike over the weekend.

Lake Mead park rangers say 69-year-old Scout leader Clawson Bowman Jr. of Las Vegas was found dead around 3:30 p.m. Saturday about a mile from the trailhead.

Four other Boy Scouts were rescued from the White Rock Canyon area in Arizona after calling for help.

Park rangers tell the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the group had started early and reached their destination at the Arizona Hot Springs by 9 a.m.

But the heat rose quickly, and the group became disoriented as they tried to make their way back.

Scout officials say the troop is affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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