TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Officials in Brown County braved the wind and rain Wednesday morning to save the life of a man lost outside.
Brown County Sheriff John Merchant says the Nemaha County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call Wednesday morning around 8 :50 a.m. A man told dispatch he was laying in a field somewhere between a pond and a farm house and was lost, cold and wet. Merchant says there was heavy rains and wind while the call was coming in.
Nemaha Co. Officials tracked the location to Hazelnut and K-20 Highway in Brown County. The call was transferred to Brown County Dispatch who went out to investigate, along with the Kickapoo Police Department.
Merchant says officials began a searching for the man in the wind and rain. After walking more than half a mile, they found the man around 11:25 p.m. He had been outside for 24 hours.
Authorities say the man became disoriented while walking near the Delaware River the day before and ended up spending the night outside.
He was taken to Hiawatha Hospital.
Sheriff Merchant says Nemaha County Dispatch, Kickapoo Police Chief Nathan Gray and Brown Co. Sgt. Guilliams are responsible for saving the mans life. He also thanked Brown Co. Rescue Squad, Powhattan Fire, Kansas Highway Patrol and Brow Co. Mounted Search and Rescue.