LYMAN — A 70-year-old Lyman man is recovering after spending a chilly night outside, thanks to Uinta County Sheriff’s deputies.
According to a release from the sheriff’s office, the search began for Lyman resident Jerry Baum after they received a call at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, informing them the man had not been seen since about 5 p.m. that day, when he left his residence in a white vehicle.
“Mr. Baum’s family informed the sheriff’s office that they had made contact with him by cellular telephone, and that he had gotten the car stuck in an unknown location,” a report on the incident said. “Mr. Baum told them that he was now walking and that he did not know where he was. The family was unsure of his whereabouts and reported that they were concerned for his safety.”
A host of emergency services were then called upon to help in the search for the man, including Uinta County Search and Rescue, Life Flight and pilot Bradly McInnis, who used his own airplane to assist in the effort.
At about 10 a.m. the next morning, Wednesday, June 5, McInnis spotted Baum’s vehicle from the air and directed emergency responders to the location. Baum was located about two miles away, in a grove of cottonwood trees, where he had spent the night.
Dehydrated and tired, Baum was transported to an awaiting Uinta County ambulance for treatment.