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Toddler Wanders Into Bear-Filled Forest, Survives for Days

'Mowgli' slept under a tree to escape frost

(Newser) - A 3-year-old boy in Siberia has been given the nickname Mowgli after he survived three days in a bear-infested forest as temperatures neared 32 degrees. Tserin Dopchut had been playing with dogs near his home in the village of Khut when he wandered into the forest on Sunday, possibly while... More »

2 Pilots Survived 21 Terrifying Hours in the Ocean

David McMahon and Sydnie Uemoto endured cold, jellyfish stings, a circling shark

(Newser) - David McMahon says he wasn't terribly afraid in the first minutes after the two-engine plane he had been flying crashed in Hawaiian waters en route from Oahu to the Big Island. After all, the 26-year-old tells Hawaii News Now of the July 13 accident, he and the plane's... More »

Inside an Adventurer's Search for Son Lost in Jungle

'National Geographic' set to air a 6-week series on the dad's search in central America

(Newser) - In early 2014, the son of a biologist and legendary Alaskan adventurer took time off of school for an an epic trip into the depths of Central America. In July, after scuba diving with whale sharks, climbing Guatemala's 14,000-foot Tajumulco, and surfing in Nicaragua, 27-year-old Cody Roman Dial... More »

2 Alaska Skiers Recount Incredible Survival in Snow Cave

'The closer that ceiling got, the more unnerving it was'

(Newser) - By their third day in a tiny snow cave under 4 feet of snow, Chris Hanna and Jenny Neyman thought the shelter in an Alaska ice field might turn into a tomb, per the AP . The 7-by-5-foot space Hanna dug started with a ceiling 40 inches high. Warmth and humidity... More »

Woman, 72, Survives 9 Days Lost in Arizona Wilderness

An air crew spotted her 'HELP' sign

(Newser) - Ann Rodgers may not have the greatest navigation skills in the world, but the 72-year-old appears to have amazing survival skills. Authorities say that after Rodgers somehow became lost while driving from Tucson to Phoenix to visit her grandchildren, her hybrid vehicle ran out of both gas and electric power... More »

Guy Knocked Off Boat Swims 7 Hours to Puerto Rico

68-year-old had to travel 4 miles through rough seas

(Newser) - On Sunday morning, Michigan man David Thompson sailed away from Puerto Rico, bound for Florida. Sunday night, he staggered into a Puerto Rico hotel restaurant bleeding, exhausted, and wearing only a shirt that he had fashioned into makeshift shorts. The 68-year-old retired engineer had been knocked off his sailboat by... More »

Camel Hunter Lost in Outback Survived on Ants

Reg Foggerdy found 'extremely dehydrated' after 6 days in desert

(Newser) - Police searching for a 62-year-old man who disappeared in Australia's Outback on Wednesday say the grandfather has miraculously been found alive. Reg Foggerdy had been last seen near a campsite on the edge of the Great Victoria Desert in Western Australia while on a hunting trip with his brother,... More »

Scientists Find Clues to Sailors' Legendary 1813 Survival

26 used supplies from wrecked ship Neva to survive a frosty month in Alaska

(Newser) - To shipwreck in Alaska in the early 19th century was as good as a death sentence—yet 26 aboard the Russian-American Company frigate Neva managed to not only survive its wreck off Kruzof Island but also a month of the winter of 1813. The feat spawned legends stretching over two... More »

Why a Hiker Didn't Die in the Wilderness: His Son

Charlie, 13, used survival skills to care for his dad before finding help

(Newser) - David Finlayson recalls packing frozen breast milk while taking his infant son into the great outdoors. In the years since, he and now 13-year-old Charlie have explored the jungles of Panama and the heights of Rainier. And the teen has apparently picked up some pretty serious skills along the way.... More »

Dad's Survival Tip Kept Lost Boy Alive

He knew how to stay warm on cold mountain night

(Newser) - A 10-year-old boy found safe after more than a day alone in remote eastern Utah backcountry says he remembered the survival skills his father taught him and curled up between rocks still warm from the sun to survive the cold mountain night. "It was weird not having anybody with... More »

Teen Who Survived Plane Crash 'a Super Hero:' Cop

It's amazing that Wash. 16-year-old survived, sheriff says

(Newser) - Autumn Veatch, the 16-year-old girl who walked out of the woods in Washington state two days after a plane crash that is believed to have killed her step-grandparents, is out of the hospital and has an amazing story of survival, authorities say. The sheriff in Okanogan County says that after... More »

Teen Walks Out of Woods 2 Days After Plane Crash

She was found on Washington state road

(Newser) - A 16-year-old girl in Washington state is bruised and dehydrated but very much alive after surviving a plane crash and a long trek through what authorities describe as some of the state's most rugged terrain. Autumn Veatch was on a small plane with her step-grandparents that crashed after departing... More »

Mom, Baby Survive Crash, 4 Days in Jungle

'It's a miracle,' says Colombian Air Force officer

(Newser) - To call it a miracle might be a bit of an understatement: A teen mom and her infant managed to survive a plane crash in Colombia last week—and a subsequent four days in the jungle. Maria Nelly Murillo, 18, was flying from Nuqui to Quibdo with her nearly 1-year-old... More »

Lost Sisters Survive 2 Weeks on Girl Scout Cookies

2 women got stranded in snow in remote Michigan

(Newser) - Two sisters who got stranded in the snow in remote Michigan managed to survive on Girl Scout cookies and cheese puffs for 13 days. Lee Wright, 56, and Leslie Roy, 52, were rescued yesterday after a police helicopter caught a glimmer of light reflecting off their windshield, reports mlive.com... More »

South Carolina Man Saved After 66 Days at Sea

Container ship spotted him 200 miles off coast

(Newser) - This is going to be a good Friday indeed for Louis Jordan and his family: The South Carolina man was rescued yesterday after 66 days lost at sea. The Houston Express container ship contacted the Coast Guard after it spotted his sailboat drifting in the Atlantic Ocean around 200 miles... More »

It's OK to Be a Wimp —as Long as You Stay a Wimp

Brave or frightened, aphids do better when they're consistent

(Newser) - If a new study of the natural world is any indicator, it may be OK to flee at the sight of danger—just make sure you do it every time. Researchers investigated the reactions of aphids when they were approached by ladybug predators, evaluating the results in terms of "... More »

Teen Missing in Alps Found Waist-Deep in Snow

American skier was missing for more than 48 hours

(Newser) - Eleven skiers have died in the Swiss Alps over the last few days, and police say it's a miracle that 19-year-old American Mark Doose wasn't No. 12. Doose disappeared while skiing near the Diablerets resort on Sunday and survived more than 48 hours until rescuers found him on... More »

Ex-NFL Player Swims 9 Miles for His Life

Rob Konrad says he fell off his fishing boat near Florida Coast

(Newser) - Imagine falling off a boat and swimming through dark, shark-infested waters for more than ten hours in search of dry land. That's what happened to former Miami Dolphins fullback Rob Konrad, who police say was fishing off the South Florida coast Wednesday when he fell off his auto-piloted boat... More »

Guy Builds Snow Cave to Survive 2 Nights in Canyon

Lawrence Orduno also has frozen Gatorade, lighter to thank

(Newser) - Lawrence Orduno got separated from a friend while snowmobiling in a remote canyon in Utah Saturday, and then his snowmobile got stuck in the snow. But the 48-year-old managed to survive two nights on his own, he told the AP in an interview this week. First, he managed to find... More »

Boater Lost at Sea on Thanksgiving Found Alive

Ron Ingraham, 67, found 'weak, hungry, dehydrated' off Honolulu

(Newser) - When the US Coast Guard told Zakary Ingraham that the search for his dad was being called off on Dec. 1, his gut told him it was the wrong move. "I said, 'Man, I don't think you should call [off] the search because I don't think... More »

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