LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville-based Boy Scout troop member was killed Saturday night after being hit by a falling tree while on a camping trip at Red River Gorge in Wolfe County.
Around 8:40 p.m. Saturday, the Wolfe County Search & Rescue Team was deployed to Rough Trail, near Chimney Top Road in response to a Boy Scout that was hurt by a falling tree.
Troop 30 was camping near Chimney Top Creek when a dead-standing tree, about 18 inches in diameter, fell and landed on the head of 11-year-old Jack A. Rose, who was in a tent. Rose was from Louisville, according to the Wolfe County Coroner, and was a sixth grader at Noe Middle School.
Jefferson County Public Schools will have counselors available when students return to class Wednesday.
CPR was performed by a pair of doctors who were camping nearby, but their attempts were unsuccessful. It was determined that the child died immediately upon being struck by the tree, according to the Wolfe County Search & Rescue Team's Facebook page.
Deputy Scout Executive of the Lincoln Heritage Council sent WAVE 3 News this statement:
"This is a very difficult time for our Scouting family. We are extremely saddened to confirm that during a local troop camping activity, a falling tree resulted in the death of one of our youth members. Immediately following the incident, two medical professionals on site attempted to revive the youth and troop leadership contacted the Wolfe County and Powell County Search and Rescue teams for support. No other youth members or adult volunteers were harmed as a result of this tragic accident."
"The safety and well-being of our participants is our top priority. We are also mindful of the Scouts present on the outing and the impact the incident had on them, and will be offering grief counseling to our members and volunteers. Please join us in keeping these families in your thoughts and prayers."