Survival Stories

In times of struggle and strife, humanity always finds a way. When the the clock runs low and the chips are down, these unbelieavable stories of survival will remind you of the strength of the human spirit.

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    How One Man’s Slackline Skills Saved His Friend’s Life

    When his friend was unconscious, dangling from a ski lift, Wilson straddled the chairlift cable in much the same way...


    Two Pilots Were Flying from Oahu to Hawaii—Then They Heard the Engines Go Quiet

    They swam through jellyfish, the threat of sharks, and 16 miles of exhaustion before being sighted.


    The Unbelievable True Story of the Hiker Who Survived Back-to-Back Grizzly Bear Attacks

    "I could feel her breath on the back of my neck and her front claws digging into my back."


    A Violent Storm Tossed This Fisherman into Eight-Foot Waves, Alone, Without a Lifejacket. But He Ref...

    Damian knew he couldn't get back onto his boat, but he also knew he couldn't let his three sons grow...


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    Armed Robbers Kidnapped Me in My Hometown. This Is How I Survived.

    Back when he played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, NFL player Earl Wolff had a near-death experience he was sure would...


    We Found Out a Tornado Was Coming. Seconds Later, It Blew Away Our House

    The tornado last 4 minutes, to us, it felt like a lifetime.


    The Stampeding Crowd Sounded Like a Train Moving Through the Mall

    I got caught up in everyone's flee to safety.


    The Heroic Dog that Saved a Family of Five from Burning in a House Fire

    I went downstairs to turn off a light I didn't think I left on, that's when I saw the fire....


    The Dramatic Moment a Man Saved a Stranger from Plummeting Down a Cliff

    After losing control of his car, below him lay a 30-foot drop and a busy road. Then a stranger intervened...


    Here’s the Crazy Way My Valentine’s Day Cards Almost Killed My Brother

    When my valentine cards ended up in a 40-feet-well, my brother tried to rescue them—until we had to rescue him....


    A Shark Attack Left Her for Dead, But This Brave Woman Fought to Get Her Life Back

    On vacation in Cancún, Nicole Moore went for a dip after a game of beach volleyball. What she didn’t realize...


    Rottweilers Were Viciously Attacking This Eight-Year-Old. Here’s How a Neighbor’s Quick Thinking Sav...

    At first, Kenneth Hansen thought the kid next door was caught in a dog fight. Then he realized those dogs...


    This Navy Sailor Was Put in the Brig for Not Reporting for Duty on December 6, 1941. It Saved His Life.

    Imagine being able to say you survived Pearl Harbor ... because you were locked up during the attack?


    When a Man Falls onto Train Tracks, Three Strangers Jump Down After Him

    In just a few seconds, your entire life can can change.


    “This Is No Drill”: A Powerful Firsthand Account of What Really Happened at Pearl Harbor

    One survivor’s unforgettable story of unfathomable courage at Pearl Harbor, told in full for the first time.


    One of the World’s Most Iconic Ships Sailed Straight Into Hurricane Sandy. Sandy Won.

    The HMS Bounty experienced its final moments during Hurricane Sandy. Did any passengers survive the wreckage?


    When His Father’s Head Was Crushed on a Cliffside, This 13-Year-Old Had One Chance to Save Both Thei...

    A backpacking trip turns disastrous, and a boy must make a heartrending decision: Should he leave his severely injured father...


    This Man Was Stranded at Sea for 438 Days. His Survival Story Will Amaze You.

    A fishing trip turns into a terrifying test of survival after Salvador Alvarenga becomes one man against the sea.


    This Firefighter Pulled a Baby Out of Fire and Saved Her Life. 17 Years Later, He Attended Her Gradu...

    Though he'd put out plenty of fires in his career, this particular rescue stayed with him.

    Anxious, Asthmatic, and Stranded in the Mountains, a Teen Watched Her Grandparents Die and then Did ...

    The plane was a smoldering wreck, and a troubled teen was alone, injured, and lost deep in the mountains of...


    “I Was Grateful Just to Be Hungry”: One Man’s Stirring Tale of Overcoming Cancer

    Getting his appetite back was a sure sign he was heading toward remission.


    My Father Was Dying in the Hospital. Then Another Patient Changed Everything.

    When it came time to take my dad off of life support, I felt completely helpless. Then a perfect stranger...


    How to Survive a Terrorist Attack, According to National Security Experts

    The odds of being involved in a terrorist attack are low. But if danger strikes, you'll only have seconds to...


    That Time Ordering Domino’s Pizza Saved a Man’s Life

    When Kirk Alexander went missing for 11 days, an unlikely savior came to his rescue: his neighborhood pizza store.


    This Incredible Teen Walked Through Fire to Save Her Family

    For Charlotte Heffelmire, lifting a truck off her dad was just the beginning.