Scout airlifted from water park

A TEENAGE Scout had to be airlifted to hospital after getting into difficulty while rafting during the international jamboree celebrations in Suffolk.The 17-year-old, from Saudi Arabia, was taking part in water activities on Alton Water in Stutton shortly before 2pm yesterday when he found himself in difficulties.

A TEENAGE Scout had to be airlifted to hospital after getting into difficulty while rafting during the international jamboree celebrations in Suffolk.

The 17-year-old, from Saudi Arabia, was taking part in water activities on Alton Water in Stutton shortly before 2pm yesterday when he found himself in difficulties.

Paramedics in a land ambulance administered treatment at the scene but because of his injuries and the remoteness of the location, he was airlifted to Ipswich Hospital.

The Scout, who suffered non life-threatening head and back injuries, is now recovering in hospital.

Thousands of Scouts from across the globe are taking part at this year's World Scout Jamboree.

A huge programme of events including canoeing, sailing, windsurfing and dragon boating forms the 'Splash' part of the jamboree, which runs from July 28 until Wednesday.

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Every day for ten days, 4,000 Scouts from nearly every country in the world have left the main jamboree site in Hylands Park, Chelmsford, to take part in water-themed activities on the Suffolk reservoir.