UPDATE 2/27/12 @ 6:10 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man from Cedar Grove was forced to spend the night stuck in the mud in freezing temperatures, with no cell phone service or another person for miles.
Robert Bass’ family and emergency responders searched for him Sunday night through Monday morning.
Sunday afternoon, Bass went for a ride. Sunday night, he drove his Jeep right into a mud hole and got stuck near Sanderson -- about an hour from his home.
“I kept looking for lights all night,” Bass said. “I just thought about things that went on in my life, and I wasn't ready to check out.”
Not allowing himself to panic, Bass thought of ways to stay safe -- like using the heat sparingly.
However, his wife back home wasn't as calm.
“I got no sleep and I did a lot of praying,” Wanda Bass said.
While crews searched for Bass, he had to wait until the sun came up to go look for help.
“I had to cross three creeks that were about knee-high with water to get back to the road,” he said.
Hours later, he finally ran into a friend who helped pull his Jeep out of the hole.
“I saw that little Jeep coming up the road, and it was just like God answered my prayer,” Wanda said.
Bass returned home late Monday morning and was checked by paramedics to make sure he was OK.
Wanda Bass, Robert Bass' wife, tells WSAZ.com her husband came home about 11:30 Monday morning.
Bass left his home along Horse Mill Hollow Road in the Jeep about 1 p.m. Sunday and never returned. About 1 a.m., his family reported him missing.
Bass is safe and appears to be unharmed.
Emergency crews tell WSAZ.com Robert Bass left his home along Horse Mill Hollow Road in the Jeep about 1 p.m. Sunday and never returned. About 1 a.m., his family reported him missing.
Crews are worried Bass' Jeep may have got stuck in a mud hole since the ground is so wet in that area.
Bass is in is 60s and from Kanawha County.
Right now, firefighters with the Cedar Grove Fire Department are out on ATVs searching the woods behind his home. Firefighters say Bass could have traveled as far as Sanderson.
We have a crew at the scene. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.