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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    “I Was the Miracle Baby”: How Kerry Albright Survived a Deadly Flood at 9 Months Old

    In 1972, Kerry Lee Albright was swept away in the Buffalo Creek flood. His mother saved his life, but lost...


    My House Burned Down, and Here’s What It Taught Me: One Mother’s Heart-Pounding True Story

    "My family and I survived the blaze, but we thought we’d lost everything else. We were wrong."



    Alone. Injured. Almost Dead: A Gripping Survival Story in the Sierra Nevada

    A solo hiker has to abandon his food and water in a last-ditch attempt to survive after a gruesome accident...


    Incredible Escape Story: Two American Airmen and a Near-Deadly Flood

    All that stood between them and a raging flood was a tiny cement shack—and time was running out.


    This Surfer Punched a Shark to Save His Friend

    A tiger shark out for blood is no match for cowboy surfer Brian Wargo.


    “I Won’t Let You Die”: This Teen Saved a Woman After She Was Shot and Pinned Again...

    On a dark night, Caleb Martin's car headlights signaled hope for an abused woman.


    33 Miners, Buried Alive for 69 Days: This Is Their Remarkable Survival Story

    Almost half a mile underground for 69 grueling days, a group of Chilean miners hangs on to hope. Here is...

    This Pittsburgh Cop Saved Two Boys from Abuse—Then Adopted Them

    Jack Mook, a veteran detective who volunteers at a boxing gym for inner-city kids, calls adopting Josh and Jessee the...


    She Was Studying in Her Room. Then a Stranger Fastened a Bomb to Her Neck.

    When a man in a ski mask invaded Maddie Pulver's home and attached a bomb collar to her neck, it...


    An Ohio Couple Was Trapped in a Flooding Basement. Their Dramatic Rescue Will Restore Your Faith in ...

    The Hammondses were trapped in their flooded basement, with the water line rapidly rising above 8 feet. It would take...


    This Is What It’s Like to Survive 93 Days as a Hostage of Somali Terrorists

    American aid worker Jessica Buchanan recounts her horrific three-month ordeal as a prisoner of Somali terrorists: "I'm too young to...


    This Quick-Thinking Kid Saved His Dad After a Snowmobile Accident

    In the Lake Tahoe backcountry, 9-year-old Bode Beirdneau rode for miles in the snow to find help that would save...


    What This Veteran Did for His “Alive Day”

    For a new generation of wounded veterans, one day a year is special. It’s the day they didn’t die.


    The Gift and the Guilt of the Sole Survivor

    The odds of surviving even the most serious plane crash are 76 percent. The odds of being the only one...


    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 brink of death.

    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,...


    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 rushing to...


    Staring Down a Sawmill Chipper With Two Seconds to Live

    Suddenly, young Ron Gillis was being pulled, inexorably, toward the whirling blades of the sawmill's chipper. What possible chance of...


    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, hope...


    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.

    Drama in Real Life: Trapped in an Ice Cave

    Three amateur explorers become trapped in a freezing cave by four feet of ice. Can they escape before frigid temperatures...


    Incredible: How One Couple Saved 50 Children From the Nazis

    Gil and Eleanor Kraus, a well-to-do American couple, risked everything to come to the rescue.


    Man Overboard: The Lobsterman Who Mysteriously Vanished

    No one could figure out when or where John Aldridge dropped into the ocean, with only his rubber boots and...


    Everyday Heroes: “I Carried Him Down the Mountain”

    How hiker Andi Davis saved the life 
of a 50-pound pit bull.


    “I Was Buried Alive in a Grain Bin”

    For hours, no one knew that Arick Baker had fallen into a 137-degree grain bin and was slowly being squeezed...


    The Woman Who Had a Face Transplant

    Carmen Tarleton survived a brutal attack from her estranged husband, but her painful journey was just beginning.