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Stranded father and sons rescued in Utah

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(WJLA) - Jason Knight and his two sons, ages eight and 11, were rescued Saturday after a nearly four-day ordeal stranded in Utah’s Sandthrax Canyon with barely any food or water.

"Anything could have happened," says Jason.

Knight says he had planned to take the boys to a far less dangerous canyon when he accidentally took a wrong turn:

"It was supposed to be a three-hour tour. I made a wrong turn. Everything out there looks the same."

Knight says he then formed a plan, telling the boys to stay put on a safe ledge while he continued down to find an escape. But that’s when things went from bad to worse.

Knight became trapped in the narrow walls of the Canyon, 350 feet down from his children.

"They could not hear me, I could not hear them," he explains.

Knight waited and worried for a gut-wrenching three days, and when the trio failed to return home on schedule on Friday, Knight’s wife alerted county officials, who launched a massive search.

Fortunately, a helicopter was able to located the boys, who had stayed in place and survived on a small amount of water and a single granola bar.

"I put them in a place where the helicopter could easily find them. I knew if something bad happened to me, if they found them, they could probably find me," said Knight.

Thirty minutes later, the rescue team managed to pull Knight to safety as well. 

We were in a very bad situation and without preparedness and without the rescue people, we wouldn't have made it out," he said.

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