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74-Year-Old Found Alive 5 Days After DC Fire

He was trapped in apartment with door jammed shut

(Newser) - After a fire swept through his senior complex in Washington, DC, leaving his door swollen shut, 74-year-old Raymond Holton waited for help. He was there for five days. Holton was found Monday inside his unit at the Arthur Capper Senior Public Housing complex when workers assessing the badly damaged building'... More »

2K Miles Off Australia, Dramatic Rescue of an Elite Sailor

A severely injured Abhilash Tomy found after yacht dismasted during round-the-world race

(Newser) - "He is conscious, and he is safe." With those words, an Indian navy rep revealed the status of sailor Abhilash Tomy, who'd placed an emergency call from his yacht during a bid to make it around the world in the Golden Globe Race. Per NPR , Tomy's... More »

He Had One of the 'Loneliest Jobs,' Then Got Lost at Sea

Indonesian 19-year-old Aldi Novel Adilang survives 49 days adrift

(Newser) - He thought about jumping into the ocean to end it all, but recalled his parents' advice: pray. And Aldi Novel Adilang, 19, had a Bible with him, so he did. What the Indonesian teen didn't have was much food, paddles, an engine, or a functional anchor, but he survived... More »

New Risk for Climbers in Nepal: Your Guide May Scam You

Companies push air rescues for minor reasons, then reap big profits

(Newser) - Since a deadly 2015 earthquake, Nepal's 2,600 trekking companies have had to lower their rates to attract a smaller pool of explorers eyeing Himalayan peaks. They've made up for the lost income with what a government report describes as a multimillion-dollar insurance scam involving tour operators, helicopter... More »

Search for Toddler Gets Desperate. Then: 'I'm Here'

2-year-old Yoshiki Fujimoto survived 3 days on mountain in Japan

(Newser) - Most toddlers celebrate turning 2 with cake and presents. Yoshiki Fujimoto spent his birthday lost on a Japanese mountain, the subject of a frantic three-day search after he disappeared while with his grandfather. The South China Morning Post reports on the "miracle" of a volunteer finding Yoshiki Wednesday, perched... More »

Cruise Passenger's Unexpected Detour: 10 Hours in Ocean

British woman rescued after falling off ship near Croatia

(Newser) - A woman on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship got way more exposure to the ocean than she intended, but lived to tell the tale. The 46-year-old British passenger fell off the back of the Norwegian Star ship about 60 miles off the coast of Croatia around midnight Saturday, reports the... More »

Deadly Floods Trap Thousands

Over 190 people have died in the Indian state of Kerala

(Newser) - Thousands of stranded people were waiting for rescue Saturday and officials pleaded for more help as relentless monsoon floods battered the south Indian state of Kerala, where more than 190 have died in a little over a week and much of the state is partially submerged, the AP reports. Heavy... More »

Hiker Lost in Wilderness Survived by Eating Bees

He was found after 6 days on Mount St. Helens

(Newser) - Matthew Matheny went for what was supposed to be a brief hike on Mount St. Helens on Thursday last week—and was airlifted to a Vancouver, Wash., hospital Wednesday when search and rescue teams finally found him. The 40-year-old Warren, Ohio, resident, who was in the state visiting friends, had... More »

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 »

NJ Bride Rescued From Flooded Car

She didn't even get her dress wet

(Newser) - A bride facing an enormous amount of rain on her wedding day was rescued from a flooded car in New Jersey on Saturday. Police in Bogota say they rescued the just-married bride and groom after their vehicle became trapped by floodwaters at an intersection at around 6pm, Time reports. The... More »

They Had a Foot of Air Space in Elevator. The Water Kept Coming

Dramatic rescue comes amid Toronto flooding

(Newser) - Toronto police pulled off an impressive rescue in the city swamped by flooding Tuesday night. Six minutes after receiving a call about two men trapped in a flooded elevator with only a foot of air space, officers swam into the water-filled basement of a commercial building and used a crowbar... More »

Texas Company Learned Man Was Stuck on This NZ Mountain

Terry Harch spent nearly a week on the frigid peak

(Newser) - A company in Texas got the alert earlier this week: One of its locator beacons had been set off—in New Zealand. It alerted the country's Rescue Co-ordination Centre, but three sub-zero nights passed before anyone was able to reach 29-year-old Terry Harch, a lieutenant with the Australian... More »

After Toddler Falls Into Septic Tank, a Frantic Rescue

Mom and big sister of Thorin Hess team up to rescue and revive him

(Newser) - A toddler in Washington state who fell into a septic tank is alive because of his big sister. The AP reports the incident took place in the Tacoma suburb of Edgewood on Wednesday morning, when the boy, identified by KIRO-7 as 2-year-old Thorin Hess, plunged into the tank after stepping... More »

Video Captures Dramatic Rescue on Train Tracks

Police officer ran toward man on tracks as train approached

(Newser) - A police body camera captured the desperate scene: As a train approaches, a police officer in Perth Amboy, NJ, runs toward a man lying face down on the tracks, waving his arms at the oncoming train to stop and yelling for the man to move. He finally does just moments... More »

Climber Makes Phone Call: I'm Committing Suicide

Chinook helicopter lands on Mt. Hood to rescue him

(Newser) - A mountain climber who called authorities threatening to commit suicide was saved Friday in a hair-raising helicopter rescue, the Statesman Journal reports. The Oregon Army National Guard lowered six rescuers to the summit of Mount Hood—with only rear wheels touching and a plank used to reach the climber, Oregon... More »

Woman Missing a Week Found Alive Down a Cliff

Angela Hernandez apparently went off the road near California's Big Sur

(Newser) - An Oregon woman survived nearly a week after her vehicle reportedly plunged some 200 feet off a seaside California cliff. Per SFGate , Angela Hernandez was found Friday by beachgoers south of Big Sur. Hernandez was injured but able to walk and talk, according to Monterey County Sheriff’s Cmdr. John... More »

She Was Surveying the Land. Then the Wolves Came

Woman scoots up tree in Washington state, is rescued by helicopter

(Newser) - Dispatchers in Okanogan, Wash., received an unusual call right around lunchtime Thursday: A woman phoned to say she was perched 30 feet up in a tree near a local campground, with wolves hovering at the bottom and waiting for her to come down, the AP reports. The research student said... 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 »

First, the Cave Rescue. Now Comes the Movie

US producers are already at the site in Thailand

(Newser) - If you found yourself thinking that the daring rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave would make a terrific movie, the sentiment might be closer to reality than you think. Two US producers already are at the site, reports news.com.au . “I see... More »

Thai Boys, Coach Are All Out of the Cave

Thai Navy SEALs confirm the rescue is complete

(Newser) - With the "rain god" apparently on the side of Thai rescuers, the nation's most infamous flooded cave is now empty after a two-week ordeal that gripped the world, reports Reuters . "The 12 Wild Boars and coach have emerged from the cave and they are safe," Thai... More »

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