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Sailors Rescued From Deserted Island Thanks to Sandy SOS

The couple had been missing more than a week

(Newser) - A couple was rescued from a deserted island in the Pacific Ocean on Friday after their cry for help was spotted by a US Navy helicopter, the BBC reports. The couple were identified as Linus and Sabina Jack, both in their 50s. According to USA Today , they set sail in... More »

Dad, 3 Kids Survive Days Lost in Wilderness

They apparently had bad directions

(Newser) - A hiker and his three young children have made it to safety in southwest Colorado after two nights spent lost in the wilderness. Volunteers in the Weminuche area spent hours searching for Dustin Beaver, 33, his 8-year-old son and daughter, and 6-year-old son, after they failed to return from a... More »

Bodies Identified in Search for Family Off Florida Coast

But the Coast Guard has called off the search with two still missing

(Newser) - The Coast Guard identified two of the bodies found after a family disappeared while sailing off the coast of Florida but called off the search for the remaining family members Saturday, CNN reports. According to NBC News , the bodies discovered during the search, which covered nearly 34,000 miles, were... More »

Pilot: I Saw Missing Teen Floating on Makeshift Raft

'No doubt about it'

(Newser) - A pilot claims he spotted one of two missing Florida teens adrift at sea aboard a makeshift raft two days after the friends disappeared during a fishing trip last summer, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Bobby Smith was aiding in the search for Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos when his... More »

Treasure Hunter Disappears Seeking $2M in Hidden Gold

The treasure was hidden in the Rocky Mountains by an eccentric old man

(Newser) - An antiquities dealer who inspired tens of thousands to search the Rocky Mountains for $2 million in hidden treasure now leads an increasingly desperate mission to find one of his fans, the AP reports. Forrest Fenn has been flying out in chartered helicopters or planes, searching remote stretches of the... More »

Snowmobile Disaster Leaves Woman Dead, Son Frostbitten

They were stranded in Wyoming mountains for 3 days

(Newser) - Sheriff's officials found a woman dead of exposure and her teenage son suffering from frostbite Tuesday, ending a three-day search for a family of three that went missing amid a series of mishaps while snowmobiling in Wyoming's Medicine Bow Mountains. Searchers had found the father in good condition... More »

Search for Man Who Jumped From Cruise Ship Called Off

More than 930 square nautical miles were searched with no luck

(Newser) - The Coast Guard has called off its search for a 35-year-old Brazilian man who intentionally jumped of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship Friday in the Bahamas, NBC News reports. The search was called off Saturday, but not until more than 930 square nautical miles had been searched by boats, a... More »

Cargo Ship Disappears Near Eye of Hurricane

Coast Guard is searching for the El Faro and its 33 crew members

(Newser) - The Coast Guard has not been able to reestablish contact with an American cargo ship that disappeared near the eye of Hurricane Joaquin after taking on water and losing power, Action News Jacksonville reports. There are 28 US citizens and five Polish nationals on board. The 735-foot El Faro left... More »

Sandy SOS Saves Hapless Brit From Aussie Outback

Geoff Keys feels 'stupid but lucky' after ordeal

(Newser) - The message in the sand—"HELP 2807," followed by an arrow pointing—was brief, but it was enough to get a lost British tourist rescued from Jardine National Park in Queensland, Australia, last month. After Geoff Keys, 63, took a wrong turn, he spent two days in the... More »

Search Resumes for AirAsia Jet

Plane vanished in shallow Java Sea waters, officials say

(Newser) - As Indonesia resumes its search for AirAsia Indonesia Flight 8501 —which vanished today along with 162 passengers on a flight from Indonesia to Singapore—the press is reporting on various angles. Among them:
  • Indonesia's military is sending six ships, two helicopters, and two Hercules aircraft to search a
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How a Guy Lived for 3 Days in Sub-Zero Wilderness

Craig Johnson says he survived 'for my boys, my family'

(Newser) - A man says he spent three days fending off Alaska's brutal cold—and a slow, prowling wolverine—after his snowmobile broke through sea ice and sank beneath him, ABC News reports. On Dec. 15, Craig Johnson was on an 80-mile trip through wilderness to see his family when the... More »

F-15 Pilot Missing After Virginia Crash

Helicopters searching mountains through the night

(Newser) - A massive search effort is underway in the Virginia mountains for the pilot of an F-15 fighter jet that crashed in the area yesterday morning . A deep crater has been found at the crash site in Augusta County, and it's not clear whether the pilot managed to eject in... More »

84-Year-Old Hiker Survives 5 Days Lost in Mountains

Donald Combs found alive in Adirondacks

(Newser) - It's one thing when a hiker goes missing for five days; it's another when that hiker is 84 years old. Yet search and rescue squads near Forestport in the Adirondacks in upstate New York were able to find Donald Combs alive—barely. The hiker, who'd set out... More »

Search for Missing Writer Called Off as Body Found

Corpse hasn't yet been positively identified as Karen Sykes

(Newser) - Rescuers have suspended the search for missing outdoors-woman Karen Sykes , after finding the body of a woman on a little-traveled part of Mount Rainier, the AP reports. The body hasn't been concretely identified as Sykes, and the cause of death isn't yet clear; the remains have been taken... More »

Rescuers Hope Harmonica Music Helps Find Missing Man

His dog, also missing, is familiar with the sound

(Newser) - Rescue crews in Southern California are using tools of the high- and low-tech variety in their increasingly desperate search for missing firefighter Mike Herdman. The 34-year-old was on camping trip deep in Los Padres National Forest with a friend last Friday when his dog, a 50-pound Vizsla named Duke, ran... More »

Divers Find 48 Girls Crammed In Ferry Cabin

Life vests may have actually hindered escapes

(Newser) - Divers searching the sunken Sewol ferry found the bodies of 48 girls inside a single cabin with a capacity of 30, officials announced today. They believe the passengers all rushed into the same room as the ship began to sink, CNN reports. Like most of the bodies found in the... More »

Watch Crews Rescue a 4-Year-Old From the Mudslide

And other tales of survival

(Newser) - Positive news is hard to come by when it comes to the mudslide that wiped out a Washington state community, but footage is making the rounds today of a helicopter crew rescuing a 4-year-old boy from the muddy wreckage. Jacob Spillers was home with his two sisters, age 5 and... More »

Up to 24 Mudslide Victims Found

Disaster spared man, killed wife sitting beside him

(Newser) - Some 16 bodies have now been recovered from a huge mudslide in Washington state and rescuers believe they have spotted at least eight more bodies in the debris. The number listed as missing stood at 176 yesterday but officials believe names have been duplicated and the number has been falling... More »

14 Confirmed Dead, 176 Missing in Wash. Mudslide

'Entire neighborhoods are just gone'

(Newser) - The number of people missing or unaccounted for after a mudslide that wiped out a riverside neighborhood in Washington state has soared to 176 from 108, with 14 now confirmed dead. The chief of Snohomish County's Department of Emergency Management says the list is still vague and he is... More »

Tourists Rescued From Drifting Arctic Ice Floe

20 people had been adrift for 2 days

(Newser) - Ten tourists and 10 guides were rescued last night after spending almost two days drifting on an ice floe in the Canadian Arctic, LiveScience reports. The group, including two Americans, was on an expedition on Baffin Island in Canada's far north when the chunk of ice they were on... More »

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