Cullman doctor dies while on vacation in Utah

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Updated 6-29-17 at 9:09 a.m.

CULLMAN – A doctor with Cullman Internal Medicine died this week while on vacation with his family in Utah. According to KSL.com out of Utah, Dr. Lane H. Friedman, 62, was found dead in Kane County on Wednesday. Friedman and his family got lost Tuesday while hiking near Hole-in-the-Rock Road in southern Utah.

The local news report states:

Friedman and his wife and their two children had decided to turn back after reaching a rocky section in the Spooky Gulch area of Kane County during a hike Tuesday, but made some wrong turns on their return, according to a prepared statement from the Kane County Sheriff's Office.

The children were feeling ill from the heat, so they and their mother sat in the shade to rest while Friedman tried to climb a hill in order to spot the trail back to their car at the Dry Fork trailhead. It was the last time they saw him, police said.

After some rest, Friedman's wife and children were eventually able to find their way to the trailhead, where they borrowed a phone from other hikers to call for help about 7 p.m., the sheriff's statement said.

A Garfield County officer arrived, but it was dark and unsafe for a ground search, the Kane sheriff's office said. The Department of Public Safety sent a helicopter to search Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.

The helicopter found Friedman's body about 1 p.m., and flew his body to Escalante.

State medical examiners are working to determine the cause of his death.

According to Cullman Internal Medicine's website, Friedman has been with the practice since May 2006. He is also listed as the medical director for Southern Care Hospice in Cullman since January 2011.

Calls to Cullman Internal Medicine for comment have not been returned at this time.

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