Top 10 AMAZING Stories of Survival! From getting lost in the Australian Outback to surviving a 4000 ft plunge through the air…stay tuned to number 1 to find out who survived over 2 months by resorting to cannibalism!
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From getting lost in the Australian Outback to surviving a 4000 ft plunge through the
air…stay tuned to number 1 to find out who survived over 2 months by resorting to cannibalism!
Number 10: 9 weeks in the Australian Outback.
From time to time someone adventurous individual wants to embark on an extraordinary survival
mission that will push them to the limits, however on other occasions, some individuals
suffer mental health conditions that can sometimes cause people to make decisions without fully
thinking it through.
Matthew Allen was unfortunately the latter.
This 18-year old teenager walked out of the family home, north of Sydney, Australia, on
the 27th of November 2013 and wasn’t seen again for two months!
Although many feared the young teenager didn’t make it, he was miraculously found by two
But this ordeal had left its mark on the teenager.
He was found covered in leeches and mosquito bites, and he only weighed around 6 stone
(which equates to half of his original body weight).
He was also disorientated and partially blind.
During the 9 weeks he was missing, he had survived on very little water and food, and
no shelter and endured a record-breaking heat wave.
It is a true miracle that he survived, and even more fortunate that he was found.
Thankfully, he’s now at home with this family.
Number 9: Falling 4,000ft.
You’d be forgiven for thinking the next entry on this list is a lie, but it’s not, instead…it’s
an absolute miracle!
Lynda Harding, a student and sky-diving fanatic from California, was on a trip of a lifetime
with friends when the unbelievable event happened.
After jumping out of the plane at 8,500ft, the worst possible thing that could happen
to a sky-diver happened when poor Lynda’s parachute failed to open.
Though sky-divers also have a reserve parachute when they jump, the parachute cord got tangled
in the reserve which left Lynda falling at around 70mph for 40 seconds before crashing
to the ground.
By some miracle, Lynda survived and sustained only broken ribs, a punctured lung, a broken
nose, muscular back injuries and a concussion.
The student, who studied at Hull University, UK, was on a trip to America when the incident
happened and was unconscious for four days after the fall.
Doctors believe drag, her unconscious state as she fell, the semi-soft landing on grass,
and the fact that she fell on her side, all contributed to this miraculous escape from
what should have been an un-survivable fall.
Rather surprisingly, she continued to sky-dive once she’d made a full recovery.
Number 8: Plane Crash in the Alaskan Wilderness.
This is the first of three plane crashes included on this list, but is the shortest ordeal of
This entry involves a family who was flying to begin their new life in the rural Yukon
River village 350 miles northwest of Anchorage when their plane hit a low mountain peak.
When the plane crashed the family of four were in a desperate state, with broken bones,
internal injuries and a pregnant mother.
With the fear of wolves and not being found a constant worry on the father’s mind, at
one point he gave up hope, but thankfully, they were found 15 hours after the crash.
Number 7: Running through the desert.
It’s time to meet Italian runner Mauro Properi, who set out to complete a brutal six-day run
in the Sahara desert.
Yes, that’s right, there are some people out there who think it’s a good challenge to try
running a race in blistering heat and extremely dry and dangerous conditions.
The run started well, and by the fourth day, Properi was making good-time, however, he
soon found himself in the middle of a prolonged, 8-hour sandstorm that left him lost and alone.
And a desert is not somewhere you want to be lost!
After failing to get the attention of two passing planes, and with very little supplies,
the runner was left with the difficult challenge of surviving in this hostile environment.
As we’ve highlighted in a recent video about difficult places to live, humans have adapted
to live in many challenging environments, but it’s completely different when you’re
not used to the environment.
Nevertheless, Properi did manage to survive for 10 days by drinking his own distilled
urine and eating bats.
Number 6: 69 days trapped underground.
The next entry on this list might leave any viewers who suffer from claustrophobia wanted
to turn away now.
Just imagine being entombed nearly half a mile underground and slowly starving and suffocating
in extreme heat!
Well, that’s the unfortunate situation that 33 Chilean miners found themselves in back
For 17 days after the initial incident happened, authorities assumed the miners were dead.
That was…until a rescuers drill penetrated their chamber and they managed to attach a
note to it.
To survive, the miners had to drink really filthy water that was used to cool the drills,
and only had 93 packets of biscuits; one can of salmon, one of peaches, one of peas, around
10 bottles of water and 18 cans of tuna.
However, 5 days after the first contact was made, they rescuers did manage to widen the
tunnel to pass down food and medical supplies.
Nevertheless, this survival ordeal is one that no one would want to be in!
Number 5: Plane crash in the Peruvian rainforest.
The next entry on this list is another that involved falling from a considerable height,
but this time, it wasn’t an intentional jump.
Instead, it was an accident caused by lightning.
In 1971, Juliane Koepcke was flying across the Peruvian rainforest when the LANSA Flight
508 was hit by lightning when it flew into a storm.
When the plane went into a nose-dive, Juliane soon found herself ripped from the plane,
but still strapped into her seat as she fell into the rainforest below.
As the only survivor of the flight, after the other 91 people on board died when the
plane broke into pieces two miles above the rainforest, she found herself all alone, lost
in the rainforest.
By some miracle, Juliane survived the fall with only a broken collarbone, some deep cuts
on her and a ruptured ligament in her knee, the latter of which she didn’t even realize
Although she’d survived the fall, and could hear the search planes looking for survivors,
the thick canopy meant they couldn’t see her, so she had to find another way to survive.
After 10 days on walking along creeks and rivers, she soon found a hut where she administered
first aid to herself.
The wound on her upper right arm was infested with maggots, so she poured some gasoline
over the wound and pulled about 30 of the bugs from her arm.
She was later found by some men who took her back to civilization where she learned the
fate of the rest of the passengers, including her own mother.
Number 4: Lost at Sea.
We have stories about plane crashes, deadly falls, deserts, underground and forests, but
we’ve yet to include one about someone being lost at sea.
It should be said that this is only one of many stories about people who’ve been lost
Steven Callahan was on a solo expedition in his sailboat Napoleon Solo when it was bumped
by a whale during the night and slowly sunk to the bottom of the ocean.
Poor Callahan found he was adrift in the ocean.
Rescue operations are difficult at the best of times, but it is incredibly difficult to
find someone lost at sea.
Even today, with advances in technology, some people (and even planes) are never found once
they’ve been lost at sea.
Over the course of 76 days and floating around 1800 miles, Callahan survived the blaring
sun, dehydration and even shark encounters to thankfully be found by some fisherman who
Number 3: Fleeing from Nazis.
The next story is the oldest on this list and in centered on the action on Baalsrud,
a young instrument maker who was helping the anti-Nazi resistance in Norway during the
Second World War when the boat he was on was attacked by German soldiers.
After everyone else on board the boat was killed, Baalsrud managed to dive into the
water to make his escape.
With only one boot and sock and with one missing toe (which had been shot off), he managed
to swim to the Norwegian cost where he was rescued by two girls on the beach.
But that wasn’t the end of his ordeal.
He then had to reach safety in Sweden.
Along this journey, he faced even more hardship and bad lucky.
At one point he fell 300 feet, was left blind, severely concussed, and wandering in the snow
for days, suffering with hallucinations.
And that’s still not even the end of his story, but we don’t have enough time to discuss it
in more detail here.
Number 2: Climbing Siula Grande.
In 1985, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates embarked on a journey to climb the Siula Grande, via
the, to date, unclimbed west face, only to face disaster on their way back down.
While descending, Simpson fell and broke his right leg and heel…not an inquiry you want
to have when you’re still less than halfway down the mountain!
Facing the difficult challenged of getting Simpson down the mountain, Yates used ropes
to lower Simonson down the mountain in stages, something which took a lot of energy for both
of them, and caused Simpson significant pain when his legged kept catching on the snow
When you’d think things couldn’t get any worse, in bad weather, Yates managed to lower Simpson
over the edge of an unseen cliff edge.
It soon became clear that Yates was not able to pull him back up, and Simpson was unsure
of the decision Yates would take.
After a while, Simpson found himself falling 50 feet into a crevasse below him.
Looking up at the rope, he realized Yates was forced to cut it.
While Simpson was aware that Yates had likely done it to stop him from also being pulled
off the mountain, it didn’t leave him in a good situation after he survived the fall,
and I’m sure it put a strain on their friendship.
With a broken leg and heel, Simpson still managed to climb out of the crevasse and even
reach the base camp two days later…just in time, too, because Yates and another individual,
both assumed Simpson didn’t make it, and were planning on leaving the camp permanently.
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Number 1: Air Force Flight 571.
The next entry is a story that shocked people when it came to light.
Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 was carrying 45 people when it crashed in the Andes on
the 13th of October 1972, which happened to be a Friday…talk about bad luck on Friday
Not all the passengers survived the flight with more than a quarter dying during the
crash and several others in the days after the accident.
The situation got even worse when an avalanche killed a further 8 people when it swept over
the wreckage the survivor were using as shelter.
The survivors had very little food and in an act of desperation, they ate the bodies
of the other dead passengers who had been preserved in the snow.
Many people have condemned these acts of cannibalism, but you have to remember that these survivors
were stuck in a harsh environment, some 3,600 meters up, with little food and no source
These were desperate times, and desperate times call for desperate measures.
The survivors managed to survive for more than two months until they were rescued on
the 23rd of December, a significant time after the search for survivors had been abandoned.
It was only by chance that they were found after 2 of the passengers embarked on a 10-day
trek across the Andes to find help, and luckily came across Chilean Serigo Catalan.
The whole ordeal can be seen in the 1993 movie “Alive.”
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