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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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“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.


The Sign Said, “Low Avalanche Danger.” The Sign Was Wrong.

How four best friends survived a collapsing mountain in New Hampshire.


Mauled: One Man’s Harrowing Escape From the Jaws of a Deadly Polar Bear

A two-week trek through Canada's Arctic tundra turns into a desperate attempt to stay alive.


Terror on the Cliff: How One Man Narrowly Escaped a Gruesome Fall in the Sierra National Forest

All that saved Larry Bishop from a 300-foot drop into a California chasm was his fingertips— and the will to...


“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...