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Utah boy survived night alone by curling up in warm rocks, drinking river water

  • Malachi Bradley is carried from a helicopter before being reunited with his family, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in Uintah County, Utah, after being lost near the Wyoming border on Sunday. (Ravell Call/The Deseret News via AP)  SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Malachi Bradley is carried from a helicopter before being reunited with his family, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in Uintah County, Utah, after being lost near the Wyoming border on Sunday. (Ravell Call/The Deseret News via AP) SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Malachi Bradley, center, is reunited with his family, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in Uintah County, Utah, after being lost near a remote mountain lake near the Wyoming border on Sunday. Also pictured are his mother, Molly Chrisman, left, father, Danny Bradley, top, and grandmother Sharon Clark. (Ravell Call/The Deseret News via AP)  SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Malachi Bradley, center, is reunited with his family, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in Uintah County, Utah, after being lost near a remote mountain lake near the Wyoming border on Sunday. Also pictured are his mother, Molly Chrisman, left, father, Danny Bradley, top, and grandmother Sharon Clark. (Ravell Call/The Deseret News via AP) SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Malachi Bradley, center, smiles at his brother Levi as he is reunited with his family, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in Uintah County, Utah, after being lost near the Wyoming border on Sunday. (Ravell Call/The Deseret News via AP)  SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Malachi Bradley, center, smiles at his brother Levi as he is reunited with his family, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in Uintah County, Utah, after being lost near the Wyoming border on Sunday. (Ravell Call/The Deseret News via AP) SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

A 10-year-old boy who survived a night alone in the remote eastern Utah backcountry says he remembered the skills his father taught him and curled up between rocks still warm from the sun to survive the cold mountain night.

Malachi Bradley said Tuesday that he was determined to get back to his family after he got lost while searching for wild mushrooms during a hike with family about 200 miles east of Salt Lake City.

When he heard a search helicopter overhead, he found a clearing and waited. He was spotted about 5 miles from the mountain lake where he disappeared.

Mother Molly Chrisman says her son drank river water and tried to fashion a spear to catch a fish.

Malachi says he'll go camping again, but he'll stay close next time.