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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Man and two sons survived three nights in wilderness with only granola bar

Brian O'Reilly

Published 15/04/2014 | 14:09

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Jason Knight

A man and his two sons survived in a remote canyon for three nights before being rescued by helicopter.

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Jason Knight and his two sons, aged 8 and 12,were on what should have been a five hour hike in Utah.

However after descending a steep crevice, they were unable to find a way back up.

Knight was aiming to bring the children to a nearby canyon popular with families – however led them to the wrong one.

The Sandthrax canyon they found themselves in is usually only explored by experienced hikers.

"The entrances are, literally, less than a thousand feet apart, and we got down the wrong canyon," the 35-year-old dad told NBC's "Today" show.

Knight left the boys as he attempted to find a way out – only be become stranded hundreds of feet away from them.

The boys were on their own, with only a granola bar and a small amount of water to share.

"They laid down in the cave and they slept a lot. They knew how to survive. I've tried to teach them how to survive outside in the wilderness, just in case this happens."

A helicopter spotted the boys three days later and pulled them out..

Knight himself was rescued shortly after.

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