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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    Teen Saves Others from Deer Attack … Using a Hammer

    When high school student Alexis Vaughan saw a buck attacking a woman, she took matters into her own hands.

    Plane Crash Survivors in the Alaskan Wilderness

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

    Profile in Courage: The Citizen

    Off-duty Army Specialist Michael Menchaca put his life in danger to save a man in a wheelchair who had fallen...

    Profile in Courage: The Teacher

    Rhonda Crosswhite risked her life to protect her students from the tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma.

    The Stranger Who Changed My Life: My Enemy, My Friend

    From the moment Serbian missile commander Zoltan Dani shot down U.S. fighter pilot Dale Zelko's plane, the two were tangled...

    This Brave Truck Driver Saved a Woman From Domestic Violence in the Most Heroic Way

    With courage, quick thinking, and a little help from a friend, Michael Schiotis saves a stranger.

    This 15-Year-Old Boy Saved a Little Girl From a Kidnapper

    When the young Jocelyn Rojas was snatched outside of her home, a quick-thinking teen sprang into action and became an...

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    Kidnapped by Terrorists: One Boy’s Story of Escape

    What should have been a tranquil family vacation in the southern Philippines turned into an unending nightmare.

    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 almost go down with...

    Survival Stories: Free Fall Above Death Canyon

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

    Man Risks Life to Save Boys Floating Out to Sea

    "They were floating out to sea": How an everyday hero rescued two boys in dire circumstances.

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    Barefoot Teen Braves Fire, Saves Neighbors

    “I’d never seen smoke like that,” he says. “My glasses immediately turned black from the ash.”

    Survival Story: The Little Boy Who Couldn’t Cry Help

    Eight-year-old Robert was nonverbal with an autism spectrum disorder, so when he vanished in a Virginia state park and prompted...

    The Tot and the Twister: A Real-Life Tornado Drama

    When a tornado struck near their hometown of Forney, Texas, the Enochs almost lost it all: Here's the amazing story...

    Miracle Rescue from an Icy River Plunge

    On a frigid winter day, a group of strangers band together to save three children.

    Survival Stories: Hot, Thirsty, and Lost in Death Valley

    Three women took a drive to Death Valley for a day of exploring. Three days and 300 miles later, they...

    Miracle Boy Survivor of the Haiti Earthquake

    An estimated 100,000 children were left orphaned by the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, but Kiki, luckily, is not one...

    Bear Attack: The Story of Seven Boys and One Grizzly

    Seven high school students were near the end of their month-long survival course in the Alaskan wilderness, but the real...

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    You Only Live Twice

    On a cold Minnesota morning, Howard Snitzer collapsed on a sidewalk. Ninety-six minutes later, he still didn't have a heartbeat....

    Mayday! One Man’s Story of Surviving a Plane Crash

    Could you survive a plane crash for 18 hours treading water without a life vest? Michael Trapp did. Here's how....

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    Shelli Eldredge’s Miraculous Recovery

    Shelli and husband Stephen were in Hawaii with their family when tragedy struck. Here, a story of recovery built on...

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    Averie the Snow Angel

    Averie Carrion, just four years old, braved a cold, snowy night to rescue her family. Did she have a guardian...

    Father Kills Bear to Save Son

    Just a few more steps, a few … more … steps. Crouched in a thick stand of pines above the

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    11-year-old Survivor of Floodwaters Saves Her Family

    Like most Oregonians, Stephanie McRae was used to driving in foul weather. Although rain still pelted the windshield of her

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    World Trade Center Attack Survivor Lauren Manning: A Long Road Back to Health

    September 2006, and Lauren Manning looks terrific. Striding across the lobby of a Manhattan high-rise, she exudes the confidence she

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    Shark! How One Surfer Survived an Attack

    Silver fog blanketed California’s Monterey Bay on a late August morning last year. For Todd Endris, it was a perfect

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    Invincible: World Trade Center Attacks Survivor Lauren Manning

    Running Late On a hazy late afternoon in New York City, Lauren Manning breezes through the door with an upbeat