Missing Family of 6 Did Genius Things to Survive Their 2-Day Ordeal (VIDEO)

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missing family of 6A family of six -- four children and two adults -- went missing over the weekend when they went in their black Jeep to play in the snow in the remote mountains of northwest Nevada. After two days of frantic searching, all six were found alive and well, suffering only from some minor dehydration. It's a true holiday miracle and one anyone who read about the story is relieved to hear. But how did they do it?

The answers are actually very surprising and also separate this story from others like it.

In fact, the father of two of the children is being credited with saving them. James Glanton, 34, insisted that they stay together, which was his first smart move. After their Jeep flipped and they were unable to restart the engine, Glanton and his girlfriend, Christina McIntee, 25, hunkered down with their two children, Evan and Chloe Glanton, as well as and Shelby Fitzpatrick and Tate McIntee, a niece and nephew of McIntee's.

The children ranged in age from 3 to 10, and it's hard to envision how one would keep children that young calm and in one spot for two whole days, but this family clearly managed it. But that's not all they did.

It was freezing while they were missing. In fact, temperatures on Monday morning were about 21 degrees below zero. So the family, who ran out of food on Monday, heated rocks to stay warm.

Later they burned a tire and said they kept their spirits up by pretending they were camping. Amazing, right? And such a far cry from the horror stories we usually hear. Just a few years ago, one family in a similar situation lost their father when he went to go to try to find help, leaving his wife and two small children alone in the car.

So I guess we all have learned some lessons here. Authorities are crediting the fact that they stayed together for this miraculous outcome. It's pretty amazing and something we should all read and remember should we ever find ourselves in similar circumstances. Stay put, stay together, wait for help, keep warm. It seems so simple, but it saved their lives.

What a happy outcome!

Here is the video from when they were missing:

Would you know to do these things if this happened to you?




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Rhond... RhondaVeggie

The situation you are referring to a few years ago was very different. They did stay in the car for days but nobody found them so the father felt striking out was the best option at that point. They did the best they could too, they just weren't as lucky as the family who were found. Insinuating that he died because he wasn't as smart is disrespectful and a low blow even by your standards.

Einyn Einyn

I don't know if I'd call someone a hero for doing something so irresponsible with children anyway. I live in the desert and still make sure my trunk has a small survival kit - food, water, first aid and blankets. If you're going to go off on an adventure with young children especially, be prepared.

nonmember avatar Franklin Mom

@Leigh Anna, what does that say about the family the second comment is about? That God didn't love them enough? Or maybe they didn't pray hard enough? I think that's offensive.

Jacee... Jacee2348

The guy was seen (prior to their disappearance) doing donuts (sp?) & wheelies in the Jeep.  I wonder if he was doing something like that when he flipped their Jeep.  If so, I do not necessarily consider him a hero. I'd say more like a very immature, irresponsible man that endangered 5 other lives besides his own.  I understand that they were out to have fun and never expected this to happen, but still...  I'm glad he was able to think outside the box and help them all survive, but perhaps they wouldn't have been in that position in the first place with a little better driving and maybe some emergency supplies on board.  Yes, hindsight is 20/20 I know.  I'm so glad this story did indeed have a happy ending.  And if the Jeep flipped for some other reason than the guy playing around, my apologies for assuming otherwise. 

cmjaz cmjaz

Thank God they're safe!

Lacey Tierney

Who cares how it happened or that the adults were irresponsible. the chidlren are safe so I am thankful for that.

nonmember avatar NoWay

Franklin Mom ... what was the point of your comment? Just to be an asshole? I thought so ...

hello... hellokd87

FranklinMom get over it. It's not a matter of God "choosing" people to live or die. It's a matter of everything happens for a reason.

pirat... piratepixie

I thought that you should always, if at all possible stay together. It makes it easier for rescuers to find you and with temperatures that low, you pretty much need to in order to stay warm. The fact that all of them came trough with just miner things is a great credit to not only the adults but the rescuers as well. And for that we can be thankful.

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