Lost man rescued after ATV breaks down

He became disoriented trying to find his way back

KINGMAN - A Kingman man survived about 36 hours in the Hualapai Mountains near Cedar Hills after his ATV broke down Tuesday near Sugar Bowl Tank.

Dan Lawrence Drum, 63, was rescued at about 1:35 p.m. Wednesday when the crew of a Department of Public Safety Air Rescue Ranger based in Flagstaff spotted Drum in a canyon after locating his abandoned ATV about 20 minutes earlier.

He was in good health, according to Mohave County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Trish Carter.

Carter said Drum said he became disoriented when he tried to hike out of the area after the ATV stopped running.

Mohave County Sheriff's Search and Rescue units began to search for Drum early Wednesday morning after the man's wife reported he had not returned since leaving for a day trip to the Hualapai Mountains early Tuesday morning. She said he was expected back home Tuesday evening.

Search and Rescue units began ground searches in the area of Blake Ranch Road off Interstate 40 after learning Drum was possibly prospecting the mountains' southeast slope. The DPS helicopter crew joined the search by early afternoon.

Drum was airlifted to the Search and Rescue command post and reunited with his wife, said Carter.