Survival Stories

  • SHARK!

    SHARK!

    A perfect evening swim turns into a violent nightmare. Can Denis Udovenko escape with his life? >>

woman with frostbite
Frozen Back to Life: How Hypothermia Can Help Cheat Death

One hundred years ago, hypothermia was often lethal. Now doctors induce it to save people on the… >>

great white shark
Shark! Swimmer Fights Terror in Sudden Attack

Suddenly, the shark drags Denis back up to the surface. He gulps air before being dragged down… >>

ocean riptide
Terror at the Beach: Caught in a Riptide!

She looks around just in time to see a wave towering over her. There’s no time to duck this one… >>

boy buried in sand
The Boy Who Disappeared Under a Sand Dune

Colin hollers, "Nathan fell in this hole!" And then the hole collapses in on itself, the sugar sand… >>

January 1970 RD Classics
“I Escaped From Cuba in the Wheels of a DC-8″

This incredible Reader's Digest classic story of a teenager who escaped from Cuba by flying in the… >>

July 1976 RD Classics
Staring Down a Sawmill Chipper With Two Seconds to Live

Suddenly, young Ron Gillis was being pulled, inexorably, toward the whirling blades of the… >>

September 1984 RD Classics
A Reader’s Digest Classic: Kidnapped and Buried Alive!

His abductors had entombed him in a flimsy wooden box in the middle of nowhere. As days ticked by… >>

plane on tarmac
“I Was Kept on a Plane for 34 Hours”

About 250 trapped passengers watched helplessly as their plane was emptied of food, water, fuel… >>

flesh bacteria
“I Survived a Flesh-Eating Bacteria”

Author Hampton Sides was 41 years old, in the prime of life, and (he thought) in excellent health. >>

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Drama in Real Life: Trapped on the Bottom of the Ocean

Harrison Okene was the only survivor after his boat sank to the ocean floor. >>