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Father, Two Sons Rescued After Night In Remote Area Of Tooele County

May 17, 2021, 12:15 AM | Updated: Jul 13, 2023, 5:26 pm

KNOLLS, Utah — A father and his two young sons survived the night in a remote area of Tooele County when they were off-roading and ran out of fuel.

Video showed the father and his 9- and 11-year-old sons as they were brought to safety in the Department of Public Safety helicopter.

Officials said they were dehydrated, but otherwise seemed okay.

“They made it through the night and they appear to be okay,” said Sheriff Paul Wimmer with the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office.

The three were apparently participating in a UTV race in the area on Saturday, but did not return.

Law enforcement said family called to report them over-due around 11 p.m.

“There had been a dust storm, so family was very concerned where they were (and) if they were in trouble,” said Wimmer.

Searchers attempted to look for them Saturday night but called it off because it was dark.

Crews returned Sunday morning, first finding their motorcycles, then finding the trio.

The Sheriff’s Office said it appears they became disoriented because they were 55 miles from where they began.

“We’re happy to have this end well,” said Wimmer.

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Father, Two Sons Rescued After Night In Remote Area Of Tooele County