Good News in North Carolina!
Park rangers escorted a weak and dehydrated 12-year-old Boy Scout out of the rugged North Carolina mountains on Tuesday, four days after he wandered away from his troop’s camp site.
Michael Auberry was brought the final distance by SUV, then carried into a ranger station, where a medical team and his parents met him.
“We have our missing Boy Scout,” said a jubilant National Park Service spokeswoman Tina White.
White said she didn’t have exact details about where or how Michael was found, but officials first received word shortly before 11 a.m. that he was spotted within a mile and a half of the camp site.
“Probably the most important thing we heard on the radio is A-1, which means he is in good condition,” she said.
The radio communication from the search team that found Michael set off a celebration among leaders of several Scout troops waiting for news about the boy. “A lot of tears, a lot of hugs,” White said, and members of Michael’s church joined hands to pray at the staging area.
“This shows that when everybody works together, good things happen,” said associate minister Susan Norman Vickers of Christ United Methodist Church. “We just believed that he was going to be found.”
Earlier, the boy’s father talked about his confidence in the rescue teams searching for his son in the damp, cool wilderness.
“What we got here is our son, who’s lost, lost somewhere out there, and we don’t know where he is,” Kent Auberry said. “We’ve got great professionals looking for him. We’re just waiting for the news.”
Dog teams, about 70 people and a plane with heat-sensing equipment had been searching the rugged area around the camp site. Overnight temperatures were in the upper 30s to low 40s on Tuesday, milder than on Sunday night, when temperatures dropped into the 20s.
The Park Rangers and Volunteers need to be commended on the GREAT job they did in finding this young man.