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Surfboard Helps 'Lucky' Scottish Surfer Survive 32 Hours at Sea

Matthew Bryce found 13 miles off Scotland's west coast

(Newser) - A Scottish man is "extremely lucky" to be alive after spending more than 32 hours at sea with only his surfboard. Matthew Bryce, 22, was spotted by a coast guard helicopter some 13 miles off the coast of Argyll, Scotland, around 7:30pm Monday after first jumping in the... More »

Lost Trekker Survived on Ledge for 47 Days

Man's girfriend died just 3 days before rescue

(Newser) - A Taiwanese couple who disappeared while trekking in Nepal were found after 47 days—but it was three days too late for one of them. Liang Sheng-yueh, 21, is being treated in a Kathmandu hospital after being found on a ledge under a waterfall in the remote Dhading region, AFP... More »

Divers Made Decision That Prevented Certain 'Suicide'

Xisco Gracia survived 60 hours in air pocket after sending partner for help

(Newser) - A wise decision by two expert divers saved both of their lives, though one of them had to hold tight for 60 hours, 130 feet below the surface, experiencing hopelessness and hallucinations. The BBC reports on the extraordinary ordeal of Xisco Gracia, who was diving with a partner Saturday off... More »

Grandma, Cat Survive 5 Days Stuck in Mountains

Ruby Stein didn't even have to eat cat food

(Newser) - A messy car has its perks, as 85-year-old Ruby Stein discovered last week. While heading home to Akron, Colo., after a visit with her granddaughter on March 21, Stein took a wrong turn and ended up stuck 20 miles down an isolated mountain road with only her cat Nikki for... More »

Cast Emerges From Isolation, Discovers TV Show Got Cut

Only a few hours of footage aired after an entire year of filming in the wilderness

(Newser) - After surviving a full year in the harsh Scottish wilderness, the 10 remaining contestants of the reality series Eden emerged from their imposed isolation to discover that no one had been watching their journey. Outside of four one-hour episodes aired in the summer of 2016, t he BBC reports that... More »

After 'Dumb' Move, Lost Student 'Did Everything Right'

Amber VanHecke recalls her five-day ordeal near Grand Canyon

(Newser) - "It started with a dumb decision," says Amber VanHecke, a 24-year-old Texas college student who spent five days of her spring break lost near the Grand Canyon. After a day of hiking last week, VanHecke stopped for gas but didn't want to fill up for $2.70... More »

Terror on the Mountain: 'I Let Out a Primal Scream'

Mountaineer tells tale of excruciating plummet—and extraordinary friendship

(Newser) - Alan Arnette admits he often braves mountain peaks on days other climbers label "unpleasant." But in his first-person account for the Coloradoan , Arnette explains why Feb. 10 was an entirely different scenario altogether, one in which he and fellow climber Jim Davidson found themselves in especially blustery conditions... More »

'Hermit' on His 27 Years of Isolation: 'It's a Mystery'

Christopher Knight became known among locals for being the neatest burglar ever

(Newser) - When he was 20 years old, an introverted young man named Christopher Knight hopped in his car with a tent and backpack, drove into the most remote reaches of Maine, and, "without knowing where he was going, with no particular place in mind, he stepped into the trees and... More »

He Kept His Nose Above Water Long Enough to Live

Daniel Miller says a yoga position saved his life after accident

(Newser) - A lucky Australian man credits a yoga pose with saving his life. Daniel Miller was working with an excavating machine in a dam on his remote property Wednesday when the ground gave way. Trapped beneath the machine's roll bar, Miller sank into the muddy bog up to his nostrils.... More »

Abandoned Horse Emerges From Wintry Wilderness

Valentine is OK, but there's now a Wyoming state investigation

(Newser) - Men working for an excursion outfitter in Wyoming were forced to leave behind a 6-year-old horse last fall after a 16-mile trek when she suddenly seemed deathly ill and couldn't move. They left Valentine to get the other animals to safety, and when they went back for her the... More »

For 12 Hours, Teen Clung to Tree in Freezing Water

'I thought I was going to die'

(Newser) - As Natalie Griffin clung to a branch while a creek swelled below her, she imagined that her friend—who was dead—was speaking to her. "She said, 'It's OK, you can't think you are going to die,'" Griffin tells People . The thought helped calm... More »

Snowmobilers Survive Night Stuck in Freezing Temps

It 'could have turned out much worse' for 3 women in Maine

(Newser) - Three snowmobilers survived Christmas night outside in below zero temperatures without emergency supplies in a scenario a Maine Warden Service rep notes "could have turned out much worse." Dorothy Gould, Valerie Morrow, and Alice Meadow—who'd been camping near Millinocket, Maine—were snowmobiling toward Kokadjo on Sunday... More »

Couple Survives 48 Hours Lost in Blizzard on Mountain

They suffered hypothermia, frostbite, but survived

(Newser) - Madison Popolizio, 19, and boyfriend Blake Alois, 20, set out Sunday for what was supposed to be a day hike in New York's Adirondack Mountains. The weather forecast was "partly cloudy," Popolizio tells the Daily Gazette . Then fog rolled in so thick they could barely see their... More »

Coming to Russian Reality TV: Terrifying Show With No Rules

'Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything.'

(Newser) - Think of it as Survivor gone very wrong, or at least with the potential to go very wrong. Game2: Winter, a soon-to-be-filmed Russian reality-TV show, will drop 30 contestants into the wilds of Siberia for nine months, at the end of which one of them will nab a $1.6... More »

Fruits, Veggies May Help Slow ALS

Antioxidant nutrients and carotenoids are key

(Newser) - "It appears that nutrition plays a role both in triggering the disease and why it progresses." So says the lead researcher of a study out of Columbia University that per a press release is "among the first" to look at the interplay between diet and ALS near... More »

Hiker Sets Out to Find Himself, Ends Up Lost, Gets Maggots

Andrew Gaskell learned the hard way to heed trail signs

(Newser) - Andrew Gaskell set out to find himself and, well, got lost. The Australian was rescued from the Malaysian jungle on Tuesday after spending two weeks alone in a remote section of Borneo's Mulu National Park. Gaskell had been touring Asia while trying to "come to some sort of... More »

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 »

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