A Silver Spring man is recovering from hypothermia after he drove his car into a Harford County creek after getting lost.
According to a post on the Montgomery County Police Department’s Facebook page, Shing Wong, 72, had left for a doctor’s appointment in Wheaton Thursday morning and never returned. Police there issued a Silver Alert after his wife reported him missing.
Officers tracked Wong’s cellphone to the area of the Aberdeen Proving Grounds.
Around 11 p.m., Wong’s wife got hold of him and he told her he didn’t know where he was, but his 1997 Honda Accord was in the water and he was unable to get out.
The man told officers he was near or under a wooden bridge, and that water was up to his waist.
The water temperature at the time was 52 degrees, police said.
Authorities continued to trace his cellphone signal, and eventually recovered Wong after midnight in a creek that flows into the Bush River.
Wong was cold, disoriented and told officers he couldn’t move. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment, and his condition improved.