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They Were Trapped in an Ice Cave. They Started Burning Hair

'We only had about an hour or two before we would've died,' Jessica Christiansen says

(Newser) - An Idaho couple was rescued this week from an ice cave in Wyoming with a little less hair than they entered with. By Sunday night, Spencer and Jessica Christiansen were sure they were staring death in the face. Drenched by a waterfall inside the mazelike Darby Canyon Ice Cave, where... More »

The Hunt Is On for Survivors of Denali Plane Crash

Pilot, 4 passengers went down near Thunder Mountain

(Newser) - Peering through low cloud cover, rescuers aboard a military aircraft on Sunday were attempting to find a sightseeing plane that crashed with the pilot and four passengers aboard a day earlier in Alaska, high on a mountain ridge in Denali National Park and Preserve. The pilot reported on his satellite... More »

Duck Boat Tragedy: One Family's Survival 'Defies Probability'

There's apparently no real reason why the 9 of them made it

(Newser) - The 17 people who died Thursday night when the duck boat they were riding sank on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo., have been identified . The Kansas City Star now identifies nine of the people who survived and something incredible about them: They're all from the same family, and... More »

In Thailand, a Tearful Reunion Through Glass

'Everybody started to cry,' says father of rescued boy

(Newser) - "It's like a rebirth." That's how a father is viewing his 11-year-old son's rescue as part of a soccer team pulled by divers from a flooded cave in Thailand. "Everybody started to cry," he adds of the moment Wednesday when family members were... More »

Rescuing Boys From Cave Could Take Months

They may have to learn to dive to escape flooded cave system

(Newser) - The discovery of 12 Thai boys and their coach still alive after 10 days trapped in a flooded cave has brought massive relief to their families and an anxious nation—but the military warns that their ordeal could be only just beginning. The group, discovered by two British divers late... More »

Honeymoon Was Supposed to Last a Year. Then, a Slip

New bride survives 1,000-foot slide on Denali

(Newser) - Polish newlyweds Magdalena Czarnecka and Michael Wangrat planned to take a full year for their honeymoon, first climbing Denali in Alaska, then trekking from Montana to New Mexico via the Continental Divide Trail before ultimately ending up in Central America. Instead, just 10 days into the epic trip, as Czarnecka... More »

She Went for a Desert Hike. Then, a Moment of 'Utter Terror'

Claire Nelson survived more than 3 days in Joshua Tree National Park after falling from boulder

(Newser) - For Claire Nelson, her moment of "complete and utter terror" came in the middle of a hike in California's Joshua Tree National Park. Per the BBC , the New Zealand native, who was visiting the US and cat-sitting for friends, headed over to the park on May 22 for... More »

Cougar Survivor Was 'So Worried About My Friend'

911 calls show Washington man's despair after fatal attack, struggle to determine his location

(Newser) - Recordings of emergency calls after a fatal cougar attack in Washington state last weekend detail how dispatchers calmly struggled to figure out exactly where the surviving victim was—and heard how worried he was about his friend. Isaac Sederbaum, 31, of Seattle was mountain biking with SJ Brooks, 32, also... More »

Only 3 Survive Cuban Plane Crash

There was a 4th survivor, but that person died in the hospital

(Newser) - Amid tragedy, a sliver of good news: Three women have survived the plane crash in Cuba that killed more than 100 Friday, the BBC reports. The survivors were pulled from the wreckage at the crash site and all are said to be in serious condition, per Reuters . There was a... More »

He Guessed Shooting Victim Was Older Than 15. It Saved Her

Lt. Laz Ojeda made the call to take Parkland victim not to a children's hospital, but to a closer facility

(Newser) - Maddy Wilford was shot multiple times in the Parkland school massacre and was near death as first responders tended to her after the shooting. But an observant Coral Springs Fire Department lieutenant asked the teen an important question as they prepared to whisk her away, and it was one that... More »

Man Survives Vegas Bloodbath Only to Die on Nevada Highway

Roy McClellan was killed in a hit-and-run just weeks after shooting

(Newser) - "I don't understand why he wasn't taken at the shooting, but a month later he was taken this way," Denise McClellan tells CNN of her husband, Roy, who survived the Las Vegas massacre on Oct. 1 only to succumb to another tragedy. Roy McClellan was killed... More »

Quick-Thinking Rescuer Saves Life of Man Trapped in Glacier

German mountaineer lucky to be alive after falling into a crevice in Austria

(Newser) - Austrian emergency teams have rescued a German mountaineer who spent five days in a deep glacier crevice after slipping. Officials say the man was found in the 100-foot-deep gap Thursday after he succeeded in making an emergency call from his cellphone following numerous failed attempts because of poor reception, the... More »

Women Lost at Sea Back on Land After 5 Months

'I absolutely understand why certain people fall in love with the sea,' says Jennifer Appel

(Newser) - Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava touched foot on dry land for the first time since May over the weekend, and as they got their land legs back, they thanked those who'd rescued them after five months lost at sea. The women, who endured sharks and storms while drifting in... More »

2 Americans and Their Dogs Rescued After 5 Months at Sea

Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava were 5K miles from their original destination when found

(Newser) - Two Americans and their two dogs set out to sail from Hawaii to Tahiti in the spring, but after their engine died in bad weather May 30, they were forced to use only the ship's sails to attempt to get back to land. Instead, they drifted in the Pacific... More »

Man Who Got Face Transplant Details Life After Risky Surgery

Pat Hardison says he 'bet it all' and won; now he vacations with his kids, lives life to fullest

(Newser) - There was only a 50% chance the face transplant that could transform his life would work—and it was a gamble Mississippi's Pat Hardison won. Per USA Today , the ex-Senatobia firefighter received the "world's most extensive face transplant" in August 2015, after he'd been severely burned... More »

In Midst of California Fire Wreckage, an Eerie Sight

Mailman continues to deliver mail, by customer request, to destroyed neighborhood

(Newser) - The wildfires raging in California have killed at least 31 people and destroyed thousands of businesses and homes, including that of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz . The Washington Post reports that the death toll has reached "historically grim heights," with entire neighborhoods gutted and authorities facing the gruesome task... More »

As Fire Raged, Calif. Couple Hid in Pool for 6 Hours

Death toll now at 31; emergency far from over

(Newser) - The confirmed death toll from the California wildfires is now at least 31—and it would probably be two higher if Jan and John Pascoe hadn't remembered their neighbors' pool. The couple, trapped as flames surrounded their mountaintop Santa Rosa home, ended up spending six hours sheltering in the... More »

Good News Times 3 in Italy Quake Rescue

Pulled from rubble: 3 siblings, including preteen who saved younger brother

(Newser) - A preteen being hailed as a hero in the earthquake that rocked Italy's Ischia island Monday was yanked out of the rubble Tuesday afternoon, as were his two little brothers, whom he's credited with saving. The BBC reports that 11-year-old Ciro was the last of the three siblings... More »

Bear Grylls Tips Save, Nearly Doom Man Lost in Outback

The man survived 3 days by burying himself in the sand

(Newser) - A British man survived for three days in the Australian Outback using techniques he learned watching survival reality shows on television, but authorities say those same techniques nearly prevented him from being rescued. Anthony Collis was traveling with Debbie Blomfield (described in various media as his "partner," "... More »

Grandma Survives 5 Days Trapped in Car After Crash

Sharon Leaming lived on bananas until a family member found her

(Newser) - A 70-year-old Washington state woman has been reunited with loved ones after an ordeal that trapped her in her car at the bottom of an embankment for five days. KING-TV reports Sharon Leaming was driving back to Rochester from her vacation home in North Cove on Tuesday when she suffered... More »

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