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British Scout Dies On Alps Adventure Holiday
A 14-year-old British scout has died during an adventure holiday in the Italian Alps.
The boy lost consciousness as he jumped into water during a gorge scrambling activity on Sunday afternoon.
The youngster, from Eastwood District Scouts, near Glasgow, was immediately rescued from the water and given CPR but could not be resuscitated.
It is understood his family have now travelled to Italy.
He was with a group of around 40 scouts who were on the second day of their nine-day adventure activity trip when the incident happened in the Gran Paradiso National Park, close to Mount Blanc, on the Italian-French border.
The Scout Association said it is "devastated" by his death.
Acorn Adventure, which ran the trip, said: "They were jumping into the water, where instructors were waiting for them.
"All participants were wearing buoyancy aids, wet suits and helmets as is standard on this activity, carried out by hundreds of participants every year for the past 18 years."
The boy was a member of the Pegasus Explorer Scout Unit which is linked to the 35th Glasgow Scout Group.
The Scout Association said: "We are working with Acorn Adventure to support the family, leaders and other young people involved in this very sad event.
"We are devastated that a young person has died and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the young person at this time."
The Foreign Office said: "We are aware of the death of a British national in Italy and we stand ready to provide consular assistance."