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From the Indy. I've never heard of this technique before.

Turkey mine explosion: A miner on the survival technique that saved his life - and how he can never go back below ground

Trapped two kilometres underground with more than 140 of his colleagues, Emre Alaca stayed alive by biting iron structures and holding his nose to deliver oxygen to his brain


A terrible disaster. The mining company, Soma Holding, didn't even make provision for safe rooms and the men's gas masks were apparently useless.
 

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Climber escapes Nepal crevasse despite broken arm and ribs

American climber Dr John All has relived his experience after falling into a crevasse on a Himalayan mountain in Nepal.
Dr All filmed his efforts to climb out of the hole, which he managed to do despite having five broken ribs and a broken arm.

The climber, 44, from Bowling Green, Kentucky in the US, took six hours to escape from the hole and another three to crawl back to his tent.
He then sent a a text message for help on his satellite messenger which was received by friends who arranged a helicopter airlift.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-27538728
 
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This will end up in a Simpsons episode.

Irishwoman survives being run over by three NY trains

A 22-year-old Irish immigrant has survived being run over by three subway trains in New York.

Identified as Mary Downey, the Woodlawn, Bronx, resident only suffered a broken shoulder when she fell from a station platform near Times Square at 6am on Sunday.

She somehow managed to catch the attention of the driver of the third train who reportedly moved swiftly and activated the emergency brakes as that train’s third carriage rolled over the helpless Ms Downey.

Police sources told the New York Post that the young woman had been drinking but still managed to scramble to a trough between the rails and the platform, a move which saved her life.

Community leaders in Woodlawn were in the dark about the young Irish lady’s background when contacted by the Irish Examiner yesterday while a local Bronx news television station had also failed to glean any more information than was reported in the Post. ...

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/ir ... 73923.html
 

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An old one, but relevant.
http://www.nytimes.com/1981/01/03/us/dakota-teen-ager-recovers-after-being-frozen-stiff.html

DAKOTA TEEN-AGER RECOVERS AFTER BEING 'FROZEN STIFF'

BISMARCK, N.D., Jan. 2— Jean Hilliard was literally frozen stiff, ''like a piece of meat out of a deep freeze,'' when a friend found her in the snow after a night of 22-below-zero temperatures. But the 19-year-old has made an unusual recovery.

''At worst, I might lose a couple of toes,'' she says. ''I can't explain why she's alive,'' Dr. George Sather, who helped treat the young woman, said today. ''She was frozen stiff, literally. It's a miracle.''

Miss Hilliard was frozen after a midnight automobile accident in rural northwestern Minnesota. When she arrived at the Fosston, Minn., hospital, her skin was too hard to pierce with a hypodermic needle. Her temperature was too low to register on a thermometer. Her face was ashen and her eyes were solid and did not respond to light. Thawing Out Process

''The reaction didn't appear until two or three hours after she started thawing out,'' Dr. Sather said. ''The body was cold, completely solid, just like a piece of meat out of a deep freeze.''

Her ordeal began late Dec. 20 as she was returning to her parents' home near Lengby, Minn. The family car skidded off the road on the edge of the White Earth Indian Reservation and stalled in the windy, frigid weather.

Clad in western boots, a coat and mittens, she began walking to Wally Nelson's home two miles away and collapsed only 15 feet from his door.

Mr. Nelson found her as walked out the door at 7 o'clock the next morning. Her body was so stiff that Mr. Nelson loaded her ''diagonally'' in the back seat of his car and headed for the hospital.

Doctors were unable to give her intravenous feedings because ''she was frozen too solid to penetrate the skin,'' said Dr. Sather's brother, Dr. Edgar Sather.

Her pulse, hardly registering through her frozen skin, was about 12 beats a minute. And her temperature was too low for a thermometer, with a low reading of 88 degrees, 10 degrees below normal. But in several hours, wrapped in an electric heating pad, she began to revive.
 
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12 days lost in Siberia: 4yo girl rescued with drone, choppers, dogs (VIDEO)

A missing four-year-old girl was rescued by Russian authorities after spending nearly two weeks wandering in Siberian forests and swamps. An unmanned aerial vehicle, helicopters, search dogs and dozens of people took part in the rescue operation.

Little Karina went missing in Russia’s Yakutia Republic on July 29, but local authorities were only notified on August 3 about the missing child.

The girl’s mother thought her husband had picked her up, while he was in fact fighting local fires with a brigade of firemen and there had been no communication between the two.

Before the child went missing, she was last seen heading off into the forest with her puppy. ...

http://rt.com/news/179248-siberia-girl-drones-rescue/
 
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Russian woman jumps from 13th floor over unhappy love affair... and survives

A desperately-in-love woman leapt from the 13th floor of a building, severely smashing the roof of a posh Mercedes…and lived. After the impossible plunge she didn’t even lose consciousness and asked only for a glass of water.

Svetlana, 31, jumped from the window in central Moscow on Thursday.

“I was going to the shop when I heard a crazy sound behind my back, like the building collapsed… I turn around and see a woman lying on a car. I immediately called an ambulance,” Valerian, a local witness, told LifeNews TV channel. He says the woman fell out by herself - nobody pushed her, although it was not clear how he could be sure of that. Apparently, it was “unrequited love” which prompted her to take a suicidal dive. ...
http://rt.com/news/187284-woman-jumped-roof-alive/
 

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Australian woman safe after 17 days lost in bush

An Australian woman has been found 17 days after she got lost in the bush in northern Queensland with no food.
Shannon Leah Fraser stumbled out of the bush on Wednesday morning, reported local media.
The 30-year-old had gone to the Golden Hole swimming spot with two men, including her partner, when she disappeared on 21 September.
She is now recovering in a hospital and is being treated for infected cuts and severe sunburn.

Ms Fraser's companions first raised the alarm after she got separated from them and failed to return to their vehicle, said Queensland Police.
The mother-of-three's disappearance sparked a search operation involving 25 officers from the police and state emergency services.
Divers combed the pond while officers searched the area on foot and quad bikes. Helicopter searches were conducted as well, with search teams dropping coloured markers.
Family members said Ms Fraser followed these markers out of the bush.

Police said she was eventually found just 30m from where she disappeared. Asked by reporters why teams did not find her, country patrol group Inspector Rhys Newton said her movements had "gone out of what we could reasonably expect a person who is lost in those circumstances". [Yeah, right..?]

A banana farmer who was having his breakfast spotted her when she came out of the bush at 08:00 on Wednesday, and immediately sent her to a nearby hospital, said the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Family members told media that Ms Fraser had survived on creek water, small fish and insects. At one point, she sat in a creek for three days to soothe her cuts and burns.
They also said she had to fend off wild animals such as a cassowary and a freshwater crocodile. :shock:

Ms Fraser, who weighed 90kg previously, reportedly lost about 16kg during her ordeal.
Her partner, Heath Cassady, told the Courier Mail that they had been on a "bender" prior to her disappearance and had gone to Golden Hole to "chill out".
"Her whole body is scarred and peeling, she's been through a lot," Mr Cassady said. "It is amazing she's still alive."

Police are still investigating how she disappeared, but a spokesman told reporters on Thursday that they do not believe that there were any suspicious circumstances.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29547544
 

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Another from Oz - not a good start to life:

Mother charged for abandoning baby in drain in Sydney
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Australian police have charged a 30-year-old woman with attempted murder after she abandoned her newborn baby in a drain in western Sydney.
They say the baby boy, who is in a serious but stable condition, may have survived up to five days in the drain. :shock:

He was discovered 2.5m (8ft) down inside the pit by a group of passing cyclists on Sunday morning.
It took several people to lift the heavy concrete slab to rescue the baby, who was malnourished and dehydrated.

Police believe the baby was born last Monday and 24 hours later was squeezed through the narrow opening of a stormwater drain, falling 2.5 metres.
The baby is currently receiving treatment at Sydney's Westmead Children's Hospital.

It is a distressing story of abandonment and an amazing story of survival, says the BBC's Phil Mercer in Sydney.
Police doubt the baby would have survived much longer, given that in the past few days Sydney has had record breaking temperatures in excess of 40C, he adds
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David Otte and his daughter were alerted to the baby's crying as they cycled near the M7 motorway at Quakers Hill on Sunday morning, according to local reports.
"It was so intense. You couldn't not tell it was a baby," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Mr Otte as saying.
The cyclists said they "couldn't see it but we could hear it"
"We couldn't see it but we could hear it. It was distressed."

Police said they found the mother after checking hospital records and knocking on doors in the local area.
Local police inspector David Lagats described the discovery of the baby as "disturbing".
He told reporters the baby was found wrapped in a striped blanket similar to what is given to newborn babies in hospital.
"The umbilical cord had been cut and had been clamped so there appears to have been some sort of medical intervention since his birth," he added.

The mother of the baby was represented legally in a Sydney court on Monday but did not appear in person, ABC reports.
She has been formally denied bail and is expected to appear in court on Friday.

The local magistrate reportedly recommended the mother receive post-natal care whilst in custody.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-30172577
 
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A toddler is recovering in hospital after being found unconscious in freezing temperatures in Poland. The two-year-old boy, named in reports as Adam, was discovered lying on the ground in the village of Raclawice, just north of Krakow. He was wearing only pyjamas. Doctors said on Wednesday he had been brought out of a medically-induced coma and his health was improving.

The boy's grandmother has said she did not see him leave her home. Police found the boy on Sunday morning lying unconscious near a river, after apparently wandering outside several hours earlier.

The area's temperature had fallen to -7 C (19 F) overnight, the Associated Press reports. ...

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30319425
 

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Cruise ship passenger who fell overboard is rescued later by another liner


A man who fell overboard from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship off the coast of Cozumel, Mexico, was rescued hours later by a passing Disney Cruise Line ship after a passenger heard him calling for help, ABC News has reported.

The 22-year-old man, who was not identified by authorities, somehow fell off the Royal Caribbean ship during the early-morning hours of 8 January, according to ABC.

Scott Campbell, a passenger on the Disney ship, told ABC that he was on his balcony with his daughter at about 6.30 am when he heard the man calling for help.

“I’ll never forget the scream, ‘Somebody help me,’” Campbell told the network.
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Lucky chap. I wonder if we'll find out how he came to fall?
 

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That's the first time I have ever heard of anything else happening. Usually people going overboard in such situations are notoriously hard to find even with a full rescue operation.

I've been on a cruise to Cozumel myself. The waters in that area are usually dead calm and it may be how they could hear him. He was lucky, though - there are reef sharks around Cozumel.
 

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Elderly woman lost in desert for 2 weeks survived on rainwater and oranges
Police call Dianna Bedwell's survival "nearly a miracle"
By David Lawler, Washington
4:06PM BST 26 May 2015

A sixty-eight year old woman managed to survive two weeks stranded in the California desert on only oranges, a pie, and rainwater collected in cups.
Dianna Bedwell told authorities that she and her husband Cecil Knutson, 79, became lost after attempting to take a shortcut through the barren terrain. Knutson died before their car was spotted by a person in an off-road vehicle.

The retired school bus drivers from Anaheim spent fifteen days in the desert before Mrs Bedwell was rescued.
Chief Dave Sossaman of the Los Coyotes police said it appeared that the couple had attempted to retrace their path on foot several times, but had been forced to turn back to the disabled vehicle.
Their White Hyundai Sonata was finally found on Monday in the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation northeast of San Diego, and Mrs Bedwell was airlifted to a hospital to be treated for severe dehydration.

Mrs Bedwell, who is diabetic, said she and her husband had just a pie and some oranges to eat, and their only source of water was the rain they managed to collect in cups.
Helicopters had been dispatched to search for them, but when that was unsuccessful their odds of survival looked bleak.
"It would be difficult for someone in good health to survive being in the wild for that long, let alone someone like her," said Lt Ken Nelson of San Diego County police. "It's close to a miracle that she survived."

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wor...-weeks-survived-on-rainwater-and-oranges.html
 
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He fell 100 feet off a seaside cliff. Then was bitten by a poisonous snake. As the tide rushed in. While his mother sat at home nearby, wondering why a rescue helicopter was flying overhead.

The string of misfortune may make Brock Leach the unluckiest 14-year-old in England. But he survived his terrifying ordeal, thanks to a dose of good luck, and a lot of help from his older brother.

Brock and his 16-year-old brother Josh were on the cliff of Trebarwith Strand near Tintagel, Cornwall, on Sunday, when Brock slipped on some lichen and fell screaming down the cliff.

Josh was "frightened and shocked," but scrambled down the cliff and found his younger brother conscious and moving on a ledge. The tide was coming in.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world...-gets-bitten-by-snake-and-survives/ar-AAdmtRg
 

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VIDEO:
Man found alive after being lost for six days in outback

The sister of an Australian pensioner says she is relieved he has been found alive, after he went missing for six days in remote bushland.

Reginald Foggerdy told police he survived by eating ants.
He was rescued on Tuesday after getting lost during a hunting trip in the West Australian Goldfields.
Christine Ogden said she had feared she would never see him again.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-34513642
 

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Man missing for two weeks found alive on Queensland beach
Garry Amey, 60, was last seen going for a walk but has been found in the surf on a beach north of Cairns suffering from dehydration and sunburn
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Monday 26 October 2015 02.31 GMT

A 60-year-old man has been found on a Queensland beach two weeks after he disappeared.
Garry Amey was taken to Queensland’s Cairns Base hospital on Saturday for treatment for dehydration and sunburn, police said.
The avid walker went missing from his home at Kewarra beach, north of Cairns, on 11 October and police gave up the search 10 days later.

Swimmers found Amey in the surf off Wangetti beach, about 20km (12 miles) from where he was last seen at Kewarra beach, police said.
“He looked like he had been wandering in the scrub for some time,” Cairns police senior sergeant Bob Morris told the Cairns Post.

Amey’s family members were unable to explain what happened.
“He doesn’t recognise us at the moment due to all the dehydration and the confusion with what’s going on,” his son Justin Amey told Seven Network television.
“Once everything is normal, hopefully he can tell us what happened,” he added.

His wife, Arlene, said she never gave up hope her husband would be found alive but he had been been unable to explain what happened.
“He’s very tired, I don’t think he knows what’s going on,” she told the Cairns Post. I don’t think he even knows me. He can’t remember what happened.”

His disappearance sparked a week-long search, but police officially called it off when no trace of him was found.
He remains in the Cairns hospital in a stable condition.

http://www.theguardian.com/australi...for-two-weeks-found-alive-on-queensland-beach
 
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Nunavut MLA built igloo to stay alive while awaiting rescue on tundra

Lost on the tundra and low on fuel, Pauloosie Keyootak knew there was only one thing he could do to keep himself, his son and his nephew alive.

“I built an igloo with a small knife,” the 62-year-old member of the Nunavut legislature said following his rescue Thursday night after eight days lost on the land.

Keyootak, his 16-year-old son Atamie Qiyuqtaq and nephew Peter Kakkik, 47, were spotted by a Twin Otter search plane well south of their intended route between Iqaluit and Pangnirtung. They were flown by helicopter to Iqaluit, where they were found to be in good condition.

Keyootak was back in his legislature office Friday and happy to explain in halting English – his first language is Inuktitut – how he and his companions became disoriented and kept themselves alive for more than a week in one of the most forbidding environments on Earth.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news...-alive-while-awaiting-rescue/article29494827/
 

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I love survival stories. It is said there's one difference between people who survive situations like this and people who don't. It all boils down to the fact that some people believe they will get out alive while others look at the scenario before them as a hopeless, insurmountable problem and buckle under.

Food for thought.
 
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