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Deer Valley’s Bob Wheaton found in good condition

by Patrick Parkinson, of The Record staff

An exhausted Bob Wheaton (front) is escorted out of the forest by a rescuer.

Woodland resident Bob Wheaton said he was forced to spend a night in the forest when his horse became exhausted while he was riding east of Kamas on Sunday.

Searchers located Wheaton in good condition in the Uinta Mountains Monday afternoon. Wheaton is the president of Deer Valley Resort.

"My horse kind of gave out I would tug on her a little bit and let her rest," Wheaton said in an interview in the Uintas. "I knew where I was. It just took a little bit longer than I thought."

Wheaton said he was prepared with rain gear, warm clothing, water and a utility tool.

On his way to Cuberant Lake, Wheaton said he strayed off course about 32 miles east of Kamas.

"It’s rugged I have never been back to Cuberant Lake, and that’s where I was headed," Wheaton said. "I lost the trail and went down thinking I was too far up."

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Wheaton said he ended up near the Weber River.

About 25 searchers participated in Monday’s operation.

"It was chilly last night," Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds said. "A lot of people were real concerned about him."

Wheaton was missing in the woods for more than 24 hours, Edmunds said.

"He may have been a little bit turned around," the sheriff said. Wheaton was reported missing Monday morning. He was later spotted by someone in a search helicopter, Edmunds said.

"He just kind of bedded down last night," Edmunds said. "We think his horse just became exhausted."