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Red Devils in Whitehaven Airshow mid-air parachute drama

A Red Devil parachutist had a lucky escape when his chute failed to open during an airshow - but a team-mate caught him in mid-air.
The Army freefall parachute display team was performing at the Whitehaven Air Show in Cumbria on Friday night when the parachute failed.
Pictures on social media show the men coming down together and crashing into the harbour waters.

A message on the show's Facebook page said both were all right.
It said: "We can confirm that the Red Devil parachutists are both safe and sound. For the first time in 25 years they had a parachute fail.
"One team member caught his team-mate and brought him into Queens Dock. Our safety procedures worked perfectly and a huge thank you to Whitehaven Marina for getting them out of the water so quickly."
An Army spokesman said it was investigating the incident
Lucy Milne, who was watching the display, said: "It seemed to go on for ages and it's just seeing the panic of everyone around you and seeing it on the parachute guys as well - the panic.
"And then all of a sudden he just started to go really quick and everyone was holding their breath and then all of a sudden they were in the water.
"Everyone was staring at the water for ages waiting for them both to pop up and then when eventually they did everyone clapped."

Chief executive of the Whitehaven Festival Gerard Richardson said: "It has to be pointed out that the skill and cool thinking of both team members to then manage to steer to safety was incredible.
"It's a testament to the training and the skill of the British Forces and we are just happy that last night's drama had a happy ending.
"Within ten minutes of landing the lads were tucking into pie and peas and a pint and there was an audible sigh of relief in the crowd when we were able to announce they were both safe." :)

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-33209713

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Mother and baby survive Colombia jungle plane crash

A young mother and her baby have been found alive five days after their plane crashed in the jungle of western Colombia.
A Colombian Air Force chief described their survival as "a miracle".

Maria Nelly Murillo, 18, and her one-year-old son were found by rescuers near to where their small Cessna plane crashed in Choco province.
Ms Murillo had some injuries and burns while her baby appeared to be in good health.
The twin-engine plane had been flying from Quibdo, the capital of Choco, to the town of Nuqui on the Pacific coast when it crashed in the Alto Baudo region on Saturday. The cause of the crash is not yet known.

Rescuers reached the plane on Monday and found the pilot, Carlos Mario Ceballos, dead in the cockpit.
But the doors of the plane were ajar and Ms Murillo and her baby, Yudier Moreno, were not there.
A 14-person team scoured the jungle for three days before finding them.

"It's a miracle. It is a very wild area and it was a catastrophic accident," Colonel Hector Carrascal of the Colombian Air Force told AFP news agency.
Of the baby, he said: "His mother's spirit must have given him strength to survive."
The couple were airlifted to a hospital in Quibdo.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-33265943

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Mother and baby survive Colombia jungle plane crash

A young mother and her baby have been found alive five days after their plane crashed in the jungle of western Colombia.
A Colombian Air Force chief described their survival as "a miracle".

Maria Nelly Murillo, 18, and her one-year-old son were found by rescuers near to where their small Cessna plane crashed in Choco province.
Ms Murillo had some injuries and burns while her baby appeared to be in good health.
The twin-engine plane had been flying from Quibdo, the capital of Choco, to the town of Nuqui on the Pacific coast when it crashed in the Alto Baudo region on Saturday. The cause of the crash is not yet known.

Rescuers reached the plane on Monday and found the pilot, Carlos Mario Ceballos, dead in the cockpit.
But the doors of the plane were ajar and Ms Murillo and her baby, Yudier Moreno, were not there.
A 14-person team scoured the jungle for three days before finding them.

"It's a miracle. It is a very wild area and it was a catastrophic accident," Colonel Hector Carrascal of the Colombian Air Force told AFP news agency.
Of the baby, he said: "His mother's spirit must have given him strength to survive."
The couple were airlifted to a hospital in Quibdo.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-33265943

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That baby could have grown up as the new Tarzan! ..
 

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Nearly a classic Horror Story:

Devonport workers entombed in submarine ballast tank
By Jonathan Morris BBC News, Plymouth

Two workers were accidentally entombed inside the ballast tank of a nuclear submarine, it has emerged.
Colleagues had mistakenly sealed the tank at Devonport base in Plymouth, where Britain's nuclear submarines are refitted.
The desperate electricians hammered on the tank with a drill and were saved when they got a faint signal on a mobile phone.
The Unite union called it "an extremely unpleasant situation".

A report said the submarine was in dry dock last December and the two men were checking sonar gear inside the ballast tank.
When they tried to leave they found a seal had been placed over the entrance in preparation for an air tightness test.
It said: "In an attempt to raise the alarm they used the only thing they had to hand - a battery powered drill to hammer against the tank boundary but to no avail.
"There was no-one in the dock bottom to hear them.
"They switched on their mobile phones but there was no signal at the bottom of the tank so they progressively climbed to the upper reaches of the tank until fortunately one phone managed to get a one bar signal."
Twenty minutes after their ordeal started, the men were freed "shaken but unhurt".

Unite said: "We feel for the men involved and what they had to go through because it must have been an extremely unpleasant situation.
"The incident was actually caused by poor management and poor communication.
"We are disappointed it was not in line with Babcock's normal standards."

Babcock said it was "continually focused on delivering and maintaining the highest standards of safety procedures and practices".
It said an internal investigation was carried out and "changes to work control arrangements have been made".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-33601712
 

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Siri saves Tennessee teen who was pinned under truck
14 August 2015

Siri - Apple's voice-activated assistant - may have saved the life of Tennessee teenager after he was pinned underneath his truck and unable to reach his phone.
Sam Ray was alone when the truck he was fixing fell on him, but he remembered his phone was in his back pocket.
Mr Ray used his bottom to activate Siri, which called emergency services.
The dispatcher thought it was mistaken call at first but soon heard Mr Ray's cries for help.

"I could feel myself slipping," Ray told his local newspaper the Tennessean on Friday. "I was starting to accept that I wouldn't get out."
The dispatcher was able to locate Mr Ray's home in a suburb of Nashville by triangulating the signal from his mobile phone.
Rescue workers pulled Mr Ray from underneath the truck, and he quickly was airlifted to a nearby hospital.
He was seriously hurt in the July incident, suffering several broken ribs, a bruised kidney, cuts, a concussion and burns to his left arm. He has since recovered.

Mr Ray had been thinking about getting a Samsung Galaxy phone, but the accident has changed things.
"I guess I'm stuck with an iPhone for the rest of my life," Mr Ray said. "I owe them that."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-33942098
 

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I'm waiting for Apple to release a 'bottom-activation' update off the back of that story. And looking forward to seeing all the trendies and hipsters immediately using it, all the time.
 

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Car crash near miss for Newquay guesthouse man
2 October 2015 Last updated at 20:22 BST

A Newquay visitor had a lucky escape when two cars collided sending one careering towards him as he sat outside a guesthouse.
The car was only stopped by a concrete pillar outside the Raj Kirribilli guesthouse in Mount Wise.
Andrew Morgan, from Gosport, Hampshire, who was sitting outside after having breakfast, escaped unscathed.

Guesthouse owner Raj Odera said: "He had a very lucky escape, if it wasn't for the concrete pillar he could have been wiped out. He had angels either side of him."

Both drivers suffered fractured ribs.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-34429083
 

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A lucky escape for a trapped elderly couple:
Saltash delivery driver hailed a hero after saving lives of elderly couple trapped in car in floods
By CGAlex | Posted: December 30, 2015

A Saltash based delivery driver risked his life to rescue an elderly couple trapped in their car in rising floodwater

Firefighters have hailed APC Overnight driver Gary Brewer a hero after he waded through chest-high water to reach the stricken Renault Clio car shortly before noon today.
The car had become trapped by the rising waters on the road between Sparkwell and Venton in Devon, with police reporting that water levels reached up to around 5ft in some areas.

A crew from Camels Head fire station in Plymouth were called to the incident, along with paramedics from South Western Ambulance Service.

Blue Watch manager Ben Weedon, from Camels Head fire station praised the efforts of Mr Brewer, saying the elderly couple "would have drowned" if the delivery driver had not reached the car when he did, broken and window and freed them from the vehicle.
He said: "The couple were elderly and vulnerable and had become trapped in their vehicle and couldn't get out.
"The water was within eight inches of the top of the roof at the time he rescued them.
"We may not have been looking at such a fortunate result otherwise.

"Once we arrived fairly soon after our role was to establish the vehicle was clear and provide first aid until paramedics took over.
"All three were suffering a level of hypothermia due to the cold water.
"The chap made a major difference today."

Mark Frearson, managing director at APC Overnight's Plymouth branch, based in Saltash, said he was proud of the bravery shown by his driver who had to be taken to Derriford Hospital for treatment.
Mark said: "From my understanding when he called me just afterwards he injured himself doing it.
"He slashed his arms up as he broke the window to get to the couple.

"He's a good lad and we're calling Dins a hero."
Mark said Gary got his nickname 'Dins' because he was "loud and hilarious, he's a bit of a character".
He added: "If you knew him, you would know he wouldn't have hesitated. Well done to Dins.

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http://www.cornishguardian.co.uk/Sa...saving-lives/story-28442223-detail/story.html
 

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Woman survives after driving off the fourth floor of parking garage – video
Source: Reuters

Thursday 24 March 2016 18.34 GMT

A 23-year-old motorist is lucky to be alive after driving off the fourth floor of a parking garage in Towson, Maryland. Surveillance footage released by Baltimore County police shows Lindsay Taylor Cook crashing to the ground in her vehicle on 14 March, after attempting to pull into a parking space. Cook, who landed upside down in the car, escaped with minor injuries.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2016/mar/24/car-falls-parking-garage-towson-maryland-video
 

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Woman survives after driving off the fourth floor of parking garage – video
Source: Reuters

Thursday 24 March 2016 18.34 GMT

A 23-year-old motorist is lucky to be alive after driving off the fourth floor of a parking garage in Towson, Maryland. Surveillance footage released by Baltimore County police shows Lindsay Taylor Cook crashing to the ground in her vehicle on 14 March, after attempting to pull into a parking space. Cook, who landed upside down in the car, escaped with minor injuries.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2016/mar/24/car-falls-parking-garage-towson-maryland-video
That's some bad parking ..
 

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This one happened back in WWII, and is taken from a recent obituary in a local paper:
Tributes paid to war hero nicknamed "the man who fell out of the sky"
By WBCaroline | Posted: April 10, 2016

A SECOND World War veteran, nicknamed "the man who fell out of the sky" and who became a respected and popular dairy farmer, has died.
Tributes have been paid to Cornishman Henry Lloyd Lyne – known as Lloyd – who passed away at Mountford House nursing home, aged 93, on March 21.
Despite his near death experience, aged just 20 years old, he went on to live a full and happy life for a further 73 years.

The Bugle-born grandfather's experience during the Second World War as an RAF bomb aimer read like something straight from a film script.
He was sent on a mission with 178 Squadron, which was based in Italy, on August 13, 1944, to drop supplies to the Polish.
The seven-man Liberator was shot down over Warsaw and the aircraft exploded. He was thrown from the warplane and witnesses described seeing him fall to the ground before he landed on a small muddy island in the middle of a lake. :eek:
Mr Lyne was the only survivor from the wreckage and was picked up by German soldiers in a rowing boat and, badly burned, taken to hospital.

After two weeks of recuperating, he became a prisoner of war. At one point during his interrogation he was accused of being a spy and threatened with being passed to the Gestapo.
Mr Lyne spent nearly a year as a prisoner at Stalag Luft 1 until he was released by Cossacks on horseback and flown home in a Boeing B17 Flying Fortress.
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http://www.westbriton.co.uk/8203-Tr...med-man-fell/story-29076237-detail/story.html
 

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How did driver survive this crash? Teacher's 'miracle' escape after her car is crushed between two lorries
Telegraph Reporters
22 July 2016 • 9:23am

A teacher has told how she cheated death when her car was crushed beyond recognition between two lorries.
Katie Holt's VW Golf was mangled into such a small space that the emergency services did not realise it was there at first - let alone that there was a survivor trapped inside. :eek:

The 39-year-old was cut from the wreckage and flown to hospital, where she was treated for skull and back fractures as well as a broken left arm.
She spent 10 days in hospital before returning home and it took around two months for her to get her memory back and learn to walk.

The driver of the skip hire truck that hit Mrs Holt pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and was given six penalty points.

Mrs Holt, who has recently become a mother for the first time, has now received an undisclosed settlement from the insurers of the skip company after bosses admitted liability.
She has recovered enough to return to work, but in a less senior role. The money will be used to help her cope with vision and hearing problems, severe headaches and memory loss.

Speaking for the first time about her escape, Mrs Holt, from Colchester, Essex, said: "I'm lucky to be here.
"When I saw the photos of the crash I was astonished. It's amazing what the human body can do. I put 100 per cent into my recovery and it has not been easy.
"Doctors said that because of the extent of the collision, they were surprised I hadn't severed the tendons from my skull to my shoulders.
"But they said it wasn't as bad as it could have been because I was quite muscly and robust, and that I was 'clearly in good nick'."

She added: "I still have no recollection of the crash and can only remember coming round in the hospital. After seeing the pictures of the accident I feel incredibly lucky to be here.

"I can only hope what happened to me will illustrate to drivers, particularly those driving large vehicles, of the long-term consequences of even a slight lapse in concentration on the road."

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...ve-this-crash-teachers-micracle-escape-after/

The pictures on page show her car folded up between the front of the skip lorry and the rear wheels of the other lorry. You wouldn't expect Houdini to get out of that one!
 

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This car crashed into a house in Bodmin and narrowly missed an elderly woman
By C_Becquart | Posted: October 18, 2016



On Monday evening, a 90-year-old woman was sitting in the front room of her home in Bodmin when an empty car crashed into her house. She avoided the crash by just inches, according to a witness.
The accident happened in the Hillside area at around 8pm last night. Reports suggest that the car was parked behind the Garland Ox Inn when the handbrake failed and it rolled down a steep embankment towards a row of bungalows.

Ash Jacko said the elderly owner of the house was at home at the time - and she was miraculously missed by a fraction.
A spokeswoman for Devon and Cornwall police said: "Police were called to Hill Side Park at 7.40pm after reports that a car had collided with a house. It seems as if the car was on the A389 and rolled down. There was no one in the vehicle at the time and at this stage the cause seems to be a mechanical failure."

"Luckily no one was injured though there has been substantial damage to the property. The local council were called to make the property safe and the occupant of the house was rehoused for the evening with family."
"The car is still in situ as we are currently waiting for structural information from the council."

Witness Ash Jacko said he understood that the owner of the car was playing darts in the pub when it happened.

http://www.westbriton.co.uk/car-crashed-into-house-in-bodmin/story-29818165-detail/story.html

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Car leaves road, jumps fence, then bursts into flames in Cornwall; amazingly driver survives
By CGAlex | Posted: November 04, 2016


The car crashed, jumped a fence, then burst into flames

A driver is lucky to have survived after their car left the road, jumped a fence - and then caught fire near Wadebridge.
Pictures released by Wadebridge Fire and Rescue Service show the front end of a black Peugeot car had completely crumpled in the crash, and the roof had caved in.
After "jumping a fence," the car then burst into flames in a field.

Somehow, the driver managed to escape without any injuries. :cool:

Firefighters say the occupant had a "lucky escape" after the car hurtled over a fence, then rolled 50 metres into a nearby field.
The incident is understood to have happened near the A39, on the road that runs alongside the St Breock Wind Farm, near Hustyn, at around 10.30pm on Thursday.
Emergency services attended the scene to make the area safe.

http://www.westbriton.co.uk/car-lea...ver-survives/story-29868251-detail/story.html
 
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Dangerous! 90-year-old falls off building, saved byclothesline
By Sun Wenyu (People's Daily Online) 16:42, November 23, 2016


Recently, a 90-year-old man in Wuhu, Anhui province accidentally fell off the balcony of amulti-level apartment building. Luckily, the man was saved by a clothesline hanging abovethe third floor. Two neighbors stayed with him outside the second floor balcony untilemergency rescue personnel arrived. A physical examination later suggested that the manhad sustained no severe injuries.

http://en.people.cn/n3/2016/1123/c90000-9146000.html
 

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The window cleaner who fell from a skyscraper and lived
By Harry Low BBC News
9 March 2017

Only half of the people who fall three storeys survive. From 10 storeys almost no-one does. This is the tale of a window cleaner who survived a 47-floor fall from the roof of a New York skyscraper.

"I loved to see the windows really clean," Alcides Moreno says.
"I liked the water and the soap, how you press the squeegee.
"We would start at the top and clean all the way to the bottom, I loved it."

Moreno and his younger brother Edgar set out to clean the windows of the 47-floor luxury Solow Tower building in Manhattan's Upper East side on the morning of 7 December 2007.
They took the lift up to the top and walked out on to the roof, the temperature hovering around freezing.

But moments later, disaster struck. When they climbed on to the 16ft-wide (4.9m) washing platform the cables holding it in place "slipped from their attachment point", according to the United States Department of Labor accident report.
"On the left side the cable came off first. That was my brother's part. My brother fell off, all the way down," Alcides Moreno says.

Edgar plummeted 472ft (144m), landing in a narrow alley. By the time he reached the ground it's estimated he would have been travelling at more than 120mph. Alcides Moreno's side of the scaffold broke loose soon after, and he too started accelerating towards the ground.

At street level, firefighters and paramedics found a harrowing scene. Edgar Moreno had landed on a wooden fence, his body was severed and he couldn't be helped.
Alcides Moreno was found crouching among a pile of twisted metal, clutching the scaffold controls. Still breathing, he is said to have tried, unsuccessfully, to stand up.
Firefighters recall how they began to move him in small increments "like a fragile egg", knowing that one wrong move could have killed him.

The men's safety harnesses and lifelines, together with some soap and a bucket of hot water - the steam still rising from it - were discovered on the roof next to the scaffold rig.
Alcides Moreno was rushed to a nearby hospital and induced into a coma. He had sustained injuries to his brain, spinal column, chest and abdomen, and had fractures to his ribs, right arm and both legs. He underwent numerous operations, including having a catheter inserted in his brain to reduce swelling. He received 24 pints of blood.

"If you're looking for a medical miracle, this certainly qualifies," Dr Herbert Pardes, the then president and CEO of New York-Presbyterian Hospital told a press conference at the time.

"The survival rate even from a four-storey fall is not very good," Dr Glenn Asaeda from the New York City Fire Department said. "A higher hand was in control here."

Alcides Moreno woke up nearly three weeks later, on Christmas Day 2007, with his wife, Rosario, at his bedside.
"My mind was so blurry," he says.
He has no recollection of the fall itself. Did he know what had happened to his brother?
"I understood that he must be dead because I looked around and saw only me and my wife," he says.

...

Alcides Moreno received a substantial compensation payout and he and his family moved to Phoenix, Arizona. He says the warm weather there is good for his bones.
"I have all the scars on my body and because of the back injuries, I can't run, only walk," he says. "I'm not like I used to be. But thank God I can walk, that is amazing for me."

Now 46, Moreno says he would clean windows again if he could - he doesn't have a problem with heights. But he doesn't work for health reasons. He estimates that he is 80% of the person he used to be.
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-39114931
 

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Going back a few years but I was staying in Overstrand, Norfolk at the time that this happened:-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-23395805

Driver survives car cliff plunge at Overstrand beach

There I was cheerily eating breakfast when a lady came up to me asking all sorts of questions, a reporter. I later spoke to the fella who witnessed the event, he was fishing near by with his son, he told me 30 minutes before it happened there had been a group of people sitting near enough where the car landed. Could have been a complete disaster, but only an ankle injury thank goodness.

There was also an old war bomb found around this time too, only slightly more toward Cromer. And a large fire too, but my memory is weak. And a whale beaching....

It all happens on the coast....
 
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Watch fire engulf a car after the driver's lucky escape on the A30 in rush hour near Camborne
By HannahCL | Posted: March 09, 2017

A driver had a lucky escape when her car caught alight and was engulfed in flames on the A30 near Camborne.
The incident resulted in the whole carriageway being closed by police as firefighters tried to extinguish the fire.

A woman had been driving along the A30 when she noticed smoke coming from her Volkswagen Polo.
She managed to stop and get out of the vehicle before it went up in flames.

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Police and fire services were called to the scene at about 5.30pm on Saturday (March 4). Police closed both carriageways of the road between Treswithian and Loggans. It was reopened by 7.10pm.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said that when firefighters arrived the car was already severely damaged. They used four sets of breathing equipment, foam and three hoses to put out the blaze. The driver was the only person in the car and was uninjured.

http://www.cornwalllive.com/8203-wa...ear-camborne/story-30191972-detail/story.html
 
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