A group of New Jersey Boy Scouts were out for a hike when their first aid skills were unexpectedly put to the test.
The group told Scouting Magazine they spotted a fellow hiker on the side of the trail. The troop had no idea at the time it was NBC journalist Ann Curry, who had broken her ankle. She told the scouts to keep going. But they sprang into action instead. (Via Scouting Magazine)
The boys used the basic training as shown in this video to create a similar splint. But even with the extra support of the splint, Curry couldn't walk. (Via YouTube / Jonathan Nichols )
The steep trail is part of the joint Bear Mountain-Harriman State parks in New York. Its terrain made it unsafe for Curry to be carried down. (Via New York State Parks)
So, the scouts once again relied on their training to create a makeshift stretcher out of sturdy sticks and a tarp. The boys then worked together to safely help Curry to her husband and son, who had gone ahead to get their vehicle.
It was then that the troop learned who exactly they had just rescued. And a few weeks later each trooper received a letter from Curry.
She wrote "your skill and professionalism were a great comfort to me. ... I feel enormously lucky you came along at just the right moment, and were so willing to help a stranger in need."
Curry's ankle is expected to take 10 to 12 weeks to heal.