A 10-year-old boy survived a night alone in the Utah wilderness after getting separated from his family thanks to a few survival tips he learned from his dad.
Malachi Bradley was with his family near Paul Lake, about 200 miles from Salt Lake City, on Sunday when he went off to look for wild mushrooms and got lost. That’s when he immediately went into survival mode, KSL-TV reported.
“It was weird not having anybody with me, but I just kept going. I knew I had to make it back, or my family would be really sad,” Bradley told the Associated Press.
So the 10-year-old used a few survival tips from his dad, Danny Bradley, to get through the night, using what he already had to help him stay warm, hydrated and fed.
“There’s just a ton of giant rocks, so I hid between four of them so the wind wouldn’t hit me too much,” Bradley said. “I had to keep switching positions because the wind kept switching.”
Bradley used his jacket to filter water from the river so he could drink it and killed fish for food using a makeshift spear, the AP reported. As temperatures dived into the 30s late Sunday and into Monday, Bradley used a T-shirt to keep his legs warm as he curled the upper part of his body into a jacket.
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