Troop 506B lives the scout law helping fellow scout at Emerald Bay
Troop 506 Assistant Scout Masters Jeremy Adler PA and Tom Kozak MD were prepared and treated the victim, a scout from another troop who had sustained non-life threatening injury to one hand, as soon as he came ashore. After being treated by ASM’s Adler and Kozak, the scout was transported by helicopter to a Los Angeles area hospital where he underwent surgery.
Troop 506 Assistant Scout Master Chris Stransky, a marine scientist with the Scripps Institute of Oceanography who was also on site, connected Emerald Bay staff with a local shark expert following the incident in order to identify the shark’s species.
According to a statement posted on Twitter by the Los Angeles County Lifeguards, the scout and his father were “kayaking near Parson’s Landing when their boat was bumped by what is believed to be a shark of unknown size and type. During the encounter, the patient reached their hand into the water and was bit by the animal” (Lifeguards, 2021).
No Troop 506B scouts were on the water at the time of the incident, and our Troop 506G scouts had already returned home from their week at Emerald Bay. The water was closed for 24 hours for one mile in each direction and, as a result, our 506B scouts hiked rather than canoed to Parsons Landing as scheduled the following day.
Reference: LACoFD LifeGuards. (2021, June 30). @LACoFDLifeguards. Retrieved July 2021, from Twitter: https://twitter.com/LACoLifeguards/status/1410310859943907333.