Survival Stories

Donald and Willow
Plane Crash Survivors in the Alaskan Wilderness

Dense clouds obscuring his way, a pilot flies into a mountain. How could this family survive? >>

House in the sky
Christmas in Captivity: A Story of Survival

Imprisoned by Islamic extremists, she still found a way to celebrate the spirit of season—and… >>

celebrating escape eating food
Kidnapped by Terrorists: One Boy’s Story of Escape

What should have been a tranquil family vacation in the southern Philippines turned into an… >>

Costa Concordia
Aboard the Costa Concordia: One Family’s Nightmare

Our family vacation aboard the Costa Concordia went terribly wrong. Here’s what it felt like to… >>

Cans
Everest: The Mess at the Top of the World

Overcrowded with inexperienced climbers and polluted with waste, Mount Everest—one of the… >>

11 Hours in Room 407
The Baby Who Refused to Die: 11 Hours in Room 407

Doctors said Austin Gerstenslager had zero chance of survival at birth, so his parents waited for… >>

Deep Blue Sea
The Sailor and the Whale: Survival at Sea

A 40-ton gray whale lunges onto the deck, and Max Young seems sunk. What follows is the fight of… >>

Juliane Koepcke
Survival Stories: The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

When she was 17, Juliane Koepcke dropped 10,000 feet into the Amazon rain forest. She describes how… >>

Climbing
Survival Stories: Free Fall Above Death Canyon

Lauren McLean was a seasoned climber. No one expected her to end up broken on a ledge. >>

quicksand-o
5 Life-Saving Survival Skills You Just Might Need One Day

Increase your chances of escaping dangerous quicksand, being buried alive, deadly bear attacks, and… >>