Father, Sons Three Days Lost in Utah Canyon Are Rescued (Video)

Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 07:54 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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A father and his two sons were rescued over the weekend after being stranded for three days in a Utah canyon, the boys surviving only on a single granola bar and a small amount of water.

Jason Knight, 35, of Payson, Utah, and his 8- and 11-year-old sons left Wednesday to go camping in Sandthrax Canyon, The Salt Lake Tribune Reported. Knight told his wife they'd be back Friday, but things went downhill when the trio took a wrong turn and got lost in dangerous terrain.

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Knight then left his sons on a canyon ledge and told them to stay put while he went to investigate a safe escape, but the father soon became stuck in a narrow crevasse some 350 feet down and about 150 yards from where his kids were waiting for him, according to The Tribune.

"Jason [Knight] had told them to stay where they were to prevent further incident," Wayne County spokeswoman Kassidee Brown said in a statement. "The boys had a small amount of water between the both of them, along with a granola bar to share. They drank all the water they had that Wednesday."

When Knight and his sons failed to return home Friday, his wife contacted officials who then dispatched helicopters to the area. Rescue crews spotted the boys on the canyon ledge Saturday morning around 11:50 a.m. and found Knight about half an hour later, The Tribune reported.

All three were safe save for some bumps, bruises, and dehydration.

"We were in a very bad situation," Knight told "Good Morning America" this week. "And without preparedness and without the rescue people, we wouldn’t have made it out."

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