25 Amazing Stories Of Survival Against All Odds

From deep within the Amazon to out on the open oceans these are 25 amazing stories of survival against all odds.

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Juliane Koepcke

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She was the sole survivor of LANSA flight 508 that came apart mid-air over the Peruvian rainforest after being struck by lightning. Juliane fell thousands of feet still strapped into her chair but her fall was cushioned by the jungle canopy and she survived with only a broken collarbone. Luckily there was a stream nearby and after following it for 9 days she was rescued by loggers.


Nando Parrado and Crew

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After a Uruguayan rugby team crashed high into the Andes Mountains the survivors resorted to cannibalism. One of the survivors, Nando Parrado, managed to devise a way to climb over the 17,000 foot peak that had the group trapped on a glacier. They then marched 10 days until being rescued.


Steven Callahan

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Setting sail from the Canary Islands towards the Caribbean in a small sailboat, Steven’s boat sank in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and he was left adrift for 76 days. He eventually made landfall in the Bahamas.


John Colter

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An American trapper, he was captured by Blackfeet Indians in 1808. After stripping him naked and telling him to run, Colter realized that he was the object of a “human hunt”. He managed to elude and even kill some of his pursuers while making his way towards Fort Raymond nearly 200 miles away.


Ernest Shackleton’s Expedition Team

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When Sir Ernest Shackleton was on his way to cross Antarctica on foot, his ship got stuck in the ice and with no outside help they remained stranded for 22 months. For the first year the crew lived inside the ship but after the ice destroyed it they moved out onto the ice. Ernest eventually made the decision to sail 800 miles in a lifeboat to South Georgia island where there was a small whaling operation.

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