Source:: Dewitt County – Victoria Advocate
(PANGUITCH, Utah) — A Texas couple has been rescued after surviving six days in the mountains in Utah, authorities said.
On Oct. 2, Panguitch, Utah, resident Dell LeFevre came across 78-year-old Helena Byler in distress at the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument while there to check on his cattle, according to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office.
Byler of Houston was “severely dehydrated and confused,” police said. LeFevre then alerted dispatchers and help transport her to the care of first responders, according to the sheriff’s office.
After having some food and water, Byler was able to recall some details of what had happened to her, authorities said. She said that she and her husband, 76-year-old Gerald Byler, left their motel on the morning of Sept. 26 for a day trip to Lake Powell.
When the couple had not returned to their room the next day, the motel reported them as overdue, police said.
It was speculated that her husband must still be near the Kia rental car they had been driving. The ordeal began after they could no longer drive the car due to the road conditions, so they attempted to walk up the road on foot. After it became dark, the couple spent the night in the rain, she said. The next morning, her husband could not walk any further, so she left him to get help.
LeVerne found her five days later, police said.
Helicopter crews found the rental car near an “SOS” sign made out of rocks and flowers, but Gerald Byler was not there, according to the sheriff’s department. Search and rescue crews found him “very dehydrated and unable to move” inside an old trailer near a corral about half a mile up the road.
Gerald Byler was transported to the hospital via helicopter.
It appears that Helena Byler had to spend a couple nights another trailer near the corral, not knowing that her husband was also nearby, police said. She said she drank water from puddles, authorities said.
Gerald Byler remained hospitalized a week after the couple was discovered. He and his wife are both expected to make a full recovery and return home to Texas soon, the sheriff’s office said.
Kane County Chief Deputy Alan Alldredge said that the cooler weather, LeFevre and the first responders made it possible for the couple to be rescued.
“One more day would probably have resulted in a very different outcome,” Alldredge said.
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Above normal temperatures are expected Saturday. A cold front will move through South Central Texas on Sunday, bringing with it a chance for showers and thunderstorms Sunday and cooler temperatures Sunday through Wednesday.
Tonight: Areas of fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 72. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.
Saturday: Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 91. Heat index values as high as 100. Calm wind becoming south southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Saturday Night: Areas of fog after 4am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 71. South southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.
Sunday: A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Areas of fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Light north wind increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. North wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Fire Weather Planning Forecast for South Central Texas
National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio TX
225 PM CDT Fri Oct 13 2017
Fire weather concerns will remain low for the next several days
as high moisture content prevails across South Central
Texas. Rain chances increase early Sunday with the approach and
passage of a strong cold front across the area. Scattered showers
and a few thunderstorms will move from north to south Sunday
morning with widespread cloud cover and higher winds from the
north. Winds could gust upwards of 20 to 25 mph during the day
Sunday but relative humidity values will remain above 30%-40%.
While widespread wetting rains are expected, overall totals will
be light and keep the fuel moisture near average for this time of
year. Drying trend will occur early next week with north winds
persisting through mid-week. Moisture will return once again by
late week with a warming trend.
Including the cities of Karnes City, Cuero, and Halletsville
225 PM CDT Fri Oct 13 2017
Tonight Sat Sat Night Sun
Cloud cover PCldy PCldy PCldy MCldy
Chance precip (%) 0 10 10 30
Precip Type NONE NONE NONE tstms
Temp (24h trend) 71 (0) 92 (+1) 70 85
RH % (24h trend) 100 (0) 47 (+7) 100 44
20ftWnd-AM(MPH) E 3 N 10
20ftWnd-PM(MPH) SE 6 SE 6 SE 6 N 15
Mixing hgt(ft-AGL) 5523 2495
Transport wnd (MPH) SE 10 N 20
CWR 0 0 0 10
LAL 1 1 1 2
Haines Index 3 3 3 3
.FORECAST FOR DAYS 3 THROUGH 7…
.MONDAY…Mostly clear. Lows around 60. Highs in the upper 70s.
North winds 5 to 10 mph.
.TUESDAY…Clear. Lows in the lower 50s. Highs in the upper 70s.
Northeast winds up to 5 mph.
.WEDNESDAY…Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50s. Highs in the
lower 80s. East winds up to 5 mph.
.THURSDAY…Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s. Highs in the
mid 80s. East winds up to 5 mph.
.FRIDAY…Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. Highs in the mid
80s. East winds up to 5 mph.
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