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Actor Ford finds, rescues Utah Scout in Yellowstone

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JACKSON, Wyo. — Actor Harrison Ford starred in a search-and-rescue sequel Tuesday in Yellowstone National Park.

Ford, a part-time Jackson, Wyo., resident who offers his flying acumen and helicopter for rescue missions, joined a search for a missing Utah Boy Scout who had wandered off a trail and spent a night shivering as rain pelted the park, said the Teton County Sheriff's Office in Wyoming.

After two hours of flying, Ford spotted 13-year-old Cody Clawson at 8:30 a.m., clad in a T-shirt, shorts and sandals, about five miles from camp.

The actor landed nearby to whisk the soggy, cold, tired and hungry Scout to safety.

"Boy, you sure must have earned a merit badge for this one," Ford said.

"I already earned this badge last summer," Clawson replied.

It marked the second time in a year the actor flew his helicopter into the backcountry for a rescue.

Last July, he plucked an Idaho Falls hiker off 11,106-foot Table Mountain in Teton County, Wyo. Megan Freeman climbed the mountain, but altitude sickness and dehydration left her sick and unable to climb down. Ford picked her up and flew her to a Driggs, Idaho, hospital.

Clawson was separated from the rest of Troop 241 from Huntsville, Utah, while carrying supplies from a vehicle to a campsite in Loll Boy Scout Camp.

He turned up missing about 2 p.m. Monday, and searchers looked for four hours before calling Fremont County in Idaho and Teton County in Wyoming.

They resumed the search at 6 a.m., Tuesday, including a Wyoming Air Patrol plane and Ford's helicopter.

Clawson survived the rainy night by taking cover under a rock outcropping. He planned to resume the Scout trip, which is scheduled to end Saturday, said his mother, Peggy Clawson.

"Cody said the kids asked if he got an autograph and he said, 'No, but I got a hug and a handshake, and that's better than an autograph,"' she said.