The Longform Guide to Miraculous Survivals
A collection of picks about people in impossible situations — lost at sea, trapped under boulders, infected with incurable diseases — who somehow survived.
Inspired by Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival, Laurence Gonzales's unforgettable account of a United flight that went down 25 years ago and the 184 souls who lived to tell the story.
What It's Like to Survive a Plane Crash
The scene inside Flight 232 as it hit the ground, as remembered by passengers who believed their lives were ending.
A Speck in the Sea
John Aldridge fell overboard in the middle of the night, 40 miles from shore, and the Coast Guard was looking in the wrong place. How did he make it?
Mizoram’s Wild Flower
In 1974, a pair of four-year-old cousins wandered into the jungle near India’s border with Myanmar. The boy was found five days later, temporarily incapable of speech. The girl was gone. For decades, stories echoed through villages of a “wild-looking woman,” sometimes striding beside a tiger. Thirty-eight years later, she returned.
When a boulder shifts and pins his hand, a climber on a solo trip is forced to do the unthinkable: amputate his own arm.
The Man Who Sailed His House
Two days after the Japanese tsunami, after the waves had left their destruction, as rescue workers searched the ruins, news came of an almost surreal survival: Miles out at sea, a man was found, alone, riding on nothing but the roof of his house.
Survivor No. 3
A day after swimming in an Arkansas water park, Kali Harding was diagnosed with a brain-eating amoeba that kills 99% of the people infects. Kali was the 1%.
How the Chilean miners made it out.
Into the Unknown
In 1912, 300 miles deep on a trek into the uncharted Antarctic wilderness, Douglas Mawson lost most of his crew and supplies. This is the tale of how he got back.
Fall to Earth
A first skydive goes wrong.