25 Crazy Human Survival Stories

Despite the fragility of life, human survival stories prove time and again the durability of our race. Through horrific events, some people have miraculously made it through and come out on the other side. Whether it’s a hiker lost in the wilderness or a soldier trying to escape his enemies, these survivors give us a heartening story in our own times of despair. Here are 25 Crazy Human Survival Stories.

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Roy Sullivan

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Roy Sullivan made the Guinness Book of World Records for “Most Lightning Strikes Survived.” He was struck seven times over the course of his life and was called “the human lightning conductor.” His own death came in 1983 by his own hand over unrequited love.


Michael Malloy

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During the Great Depression, people were always out to find a quick buck any way they could. A popular way to do this was to find local drunks who already had one foot on a banana peel and one foot in the grave and take insurance policies out in their name. Then, they’d kill them. A group of men tried to do this to Michael Malloy, but at every turn they failed to kill him. He quickly became known as the indestructible man after six murder attempts of poisoning in his alcohol and food.


Violet Jessop

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Violet Jessop first started working on cruise lines with the ship the Olympic. She was on board when it had a major accident but survived. Later, she had no idea what would happen when her parents convinced her to take a job aboard the Titanic. She took their advice and became a crew member. When the Titanic was hit by an iceberg, she got on lifeboat 16 and survived. Later, she also was on board the Britannic when it crashed into a mine planted by a German U-Boat. She survived that as well. She lived to be 84 years old.


Poon Lim

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On November 3rd, 1942, Poon Lim’s ship was hit by a German U-Boat, sinking it quickly and killing all the passengers on board except for Poon Lim. He fashioned a life raft together and was lost at sea for 133 days. During that time, he fished and hunted seagulls by luring them to his boat. He’d grab them by the necks, drink their blood and used the salt water to dry out their meat and make jerky. He also pulled in a roaming shark and ate it as well. During the time he was out there, a freighter, an American plane, and a German u-boat all saw him but did nothing. It took Brazillian fishermen to bring him in and rescue him eventually.


Like survival stories? Check out these as well: 25 Amazing Stories of Survival Against All Odds.


Tsutomu Yamaguchi

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Tsutomu Yamaguchi was a naval engineer in Hiroshima when he saw a plane overhead drop a small object in the air with a parachute. Shortly after, a bright light flashed, and he was thrust into the air by the sheer force. The blast was the first nuclear bomb dropped on the city by the Americans. Despite severe burns, he survived and headed to a train station to get to his home…in Nagasaki. When he arrived, he was taken to a hospital because of his severe burns. Of course, days later, another bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Miraculously, he, his wife, and son all survived the blast, but the radiation took its toll. He thought he might die from the poisoning but slowly his body recovered. After surviving two of the most horrific attacks in human history, he lived to be 93 years old.

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