In October 2000, in the mountains of Utah, three-year-old Gage Wayment wandered away from his father's truck and died of exposure
In July 2001, his father, Paul Wayment, was due to begin serving a 30-day jail sentence for negligent homicide. Instead, he killed himself
in the area where his son was found.
Now, Paul Wayment's parents have filed two million-dollar claims against the search and rescue teams
alleging that had they "conducted an appropriate and proper search," the boy and his father would still be alive.
It appears the search teams are protected by the Utah Good Samaritan Act
, unless they can be shown to have been grossly negligent, but this lawsuit may still have a chilling effect
on future search-and-rescue operations.
posted by mr_crash_davis
on Dec 3, 2001 -