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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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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.


Jeff Bauman: One Year After the Boston Marathon Bombing

We spoke to the survivor on how his life has changed since April 15, 2013.


She Landed Her Plane on the Hudson River

When her plane lost power, pilot Deniece De Priester pulled off a perfect water landing.

Orphaned on the Ocean: The Unbelievable Story of Terry Jo Duperrault

A young girl alone on a raft. A mysterious yacht accident. A missing family. It's a strange and tragic tale.


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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.


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 she survived—alone.


Survival Stories: Free Fall Above Death Canyon

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