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« on: June 23, 2009, 11:12:27 PM »
TV show helps Utah boy survive night solo in woods

SALT LAKE CITY – When he realized he'd been separated from his family on a weekend hike in a northern Utah forest, 9-year-old Grayson Wynne's thoughts turned to television.

Grayson watches "Man vs. Wild" on the Discovery Channel every week with his brothers and his dad. On the show, host and adventurer Bear Grylls strands himself in the wilderness and then shows viewers how to survive the sticky situations.

That's where Grayson says he learned to leave clues behind to help searchers find him.

On Saturday, when he was scared and alone in the Ashley National Forest, Grayson started tearing up his yellow rain slicker, despite the intermittent downpours, and tying pieces to trees.

"I just used my hands," said Grayson, who was found safe Sunday after spending 18 hours lost in the forest. "I don't know how many times I tore the thing but quite a lot."

Grayson was among a party of about 15 family members that left Saturday from the Spirit Lake trailhead in Daggett County. The group stopped to tighten a saddle on a horse at some point, said Grayson's dad, Kynan Wynne. But Grayson didn't realize it and went ahead of the pack before diverting onto a smaller trail in the thick forest.

Although Kynan Wynne was concerned for his son's safety, he was also confident in the boy's resilience.

"Somewhere he got the idea that for multiple reasons, not just for people to find you, but to retrace your steps if you have to, to leave a trail," Kynan Wynne said.

Grayson created a small shelter overnight under a fallen tree. The next day, he decided to follow a creek in hopes of finding help.

"I (thought I) might find the lake, that there might be somebody at the lake," he said.

Grayson, who will start fourth grade in the fall, also left a couple of clues for searchers that he didn't mean to.

He dropped a granola bar wrapper about 300 yards off the main trail. Searchers also found a small footprint and a backpack about 400 yards from the wrapper.

"I was just being pretty stupid that I dropped the backpack," Grayson said. "I was just panicking too much."

When Grayson heard a helicopter overhead, he ran into a meadow and waved the last piece of his jacket. But two searchers on horseback saw him first.

"It was such a good feeling that I was going to be all right," said Grayson, who got back to normal Monday by playing in a Little League double-header.

When he was reunited with his father, Grayson's first words were "Happy Father's Day."

The Daggett County sheriff's office credited the searchers, volunteers and Grayson's common sense for the positive outcome.

"The thing that he recognized from the show, regardless of the circumstances you're in, you are capable of surviving," Kynan Wynne said.


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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2009, 09:41:11 PM »
thanks for posting this yes American children are smart and are fast at learning how to solve problems.

I seen this news coverage yesterday and his dad was crying with joy as he was so lucky that two search and rescue horseback riders were able to find him once he had managed to get himself into a clear area.

I am happy to see such a good news as this makes me proud to see American children setting the example for other children around the world that you should always pay attention to safety/survival training  shows because you never know when you will be in that type of a situation anywhere in the world when the things you have learned from those type programs will come in handy.


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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2009, 11:11:10 PM »
I am happy for this kid and for his family.  Some kids here were not as lucky as this kid.  Almost everyday you see kids doing stupid things here like drowning in the river for defying rules, or of involving themselves in gang activities.  Other kids just got killed because of the stupid things some kids do.
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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2009, 06:04:28 AM »
it shows that reality tv can help sometimes. i will now let my kids watch reality shows. ;D

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Better you let them watch the  faithfull daily watched show of the church of wow wow wee!!!....LOL!


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they watch wowowee because of the ASF dancers specially luningning, milagring, mariposa, lovely and many more. ;D




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