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Teen Rescues Classmate Having Asthma Attack, Gets Suspended

8th-grader defied teacher, carried wheezing girl to school nurse

(Newser) - When an eighth-grader at Texas' Gateway Middle School started suffering an asthma attack Tuesday, 15-year-old Anthony Ruelas at first did exactly what his teacher told him to do: stay seated while the teacher waited for the school nurse to email back about what to do, the Washington Post reports. But... More »

Nudists Save Sinking Boat at Yacht Race

Fans get unexpected twist at Australia's "Sydney to Hobart" race

(Newser) - Ah, a yacht race. Oh, we're taking on water—and being rescued by nudists. Such was the experience of yacht-racing fans whose small wooden boat began sinking near the popular "Sydney to Hobart" race on Boxing Day in Australia, the Telegraph reports. Once yachts departed to start the... More »

Door Panel Saved Man Buried in Landslide for 60 Hours

He had been trying to get out of his room when the building collapsed

(Newser) - A migrant worker was pulled out alive Wednesday after he was buried for more than 60 hours in a massive landslide that swept through part of a major manufacturing city in southern China. A spokesman for the Shenzhen Emergency Response Office said that the man, Tian Zeming, was rescued around... More »

Dramatic Rescue After Pro-Surfer Goes Under at Deadly Spot

Body-boarder Andre Botha pulled unconscious man to surface

(Newser) - Florida pro surfer Evan Geiselman, 22, was riding a 20-foot wave at Hawaii's Pipeline—one of the world's deadliest surfing spots—on Sunday when he disappeared as the lip curled over him. The Pipeline off Oahu's North Shore delivers breakers that can force a surfer underwater until... More »

Toddler Survives Up to a Week Alone After Grandma Dies

'She’s coming back to her natural self. She’s smiling and laughing'

(Newser) - A 15-month-old girl in Tennessee is on the mend after surviving up to a week trapped in her crib with no food or water, People reports. Brier Ineichen was staying with her grandmother Annette while her mother, Tracy, was in jail. But when Annette didn't show up for visitation... More »

Toddler Missing for 2 Days Found in Field

Rainn Peterson doing well in hospital

(Newser) - Little Rainn Peterson was playing with her two siblings at her great-grandparents' home in Ohio Friday night when she went missing. Her family reported her disappearance and a search was started—and on Sunday night, one of the volunteer searchers found the 2-year-old girl in a field about half a... More »

Couple Stumbles Upon Driver Trapped in Car 2 Days

Woman had somehow gone through guardrail, over cliff

(Newser) - A young couple who stopped to take pictures at a scenic overlook in the Utah mountains thought the screams sounded like children playing in the distance at first. But as the cries persisted, Spencer Dryden and Cleo Jackson realized it wasn't kids. "Do you really need help?" Dryden... More »

K9 Cop Uses Leash to Save Woman

Woman was reportedly suicidal, close to falling from overpass

(Newser) - A K9 officer didn't have to rely on man's best friend to help a distressed woman on Saturday, but his police dog's leash definitely came in handy. Daren Kendrick was in the right place at the right time as a responder on the scene at a traffic... More »

Boy Searching for Lost Dog Tumbles Down 23-Foot Hole

The dog was down there, too, but Mississippi rescuers got them both out

(Newser) - Little Gabe Allbritton was with his grandmother yesterday just outside Brookhaven, Miss., when family members think he heard something he had been waiting to hear for days: the sound of his missing dog, the Clarion-Ledger reports. But when he turned to follow the sound, he suddenly disappeared, falling down a... More »

Woman Gets Stuck on Cliff While Trying to Rescue Cat

Helicopter rescues woman; cat rescues itself

(Newser) - A 51-year-old California woman who climbed up a steep slope behind her house to rescue one of her cats ended up needing to be airlifted off the cliff, CBS Los Angeles reports. The cat, meanwhile, made it down safely on its own. While attempting to retrieve the cat yesterday, Sara... More »

Abandoned Baby Saved From Toilet Pipe

The newborn girl in now in stable condition at a hospital

(Newser) - Police are searching for the parents of a newborn baby found abandoned in a Chinese toilet on Sunday. Passersby heard cries from inside the toilet and alerted authorities. "The baby's head was pointing downward and her whole body had already fallen into the drain. We could only see... More »

Girl, 5, Flags Down Help for Mom in Wreck

Lexi Shymanski climbed an embankment in her bare feet

(Newser) - A little girl in Canada saved her mom and her brother by taking extraordinary action after a car accident in June, the CBC reports. Lexi Shymanski, 5, was strapped into the back seat beside her baby brother when their mom, Angela—soothed by a lullaby CD playing for the kids—... More »

Rescuers Keep Beached Orca Alive Until Tide Comes In

It took 8 hours

(Newser) - A dramatic whale rescue unfolded in British Columbia this week, as rescuers kept alive a stranded orca for eight hours until high tide returned. The female whale likely got stranded on rocks off the coast while chasing a seal, reports the Globe and Mail . Rescuers kept gawkers to a minimum... More »

'Heroic' Teen Rescues Woman From Burning Car

Phillipe Bittar, 19, barely had time to react

(Newser) - An Oregon State University student is being called "heroic" for rescuing an elderly woman from a burning car while others stood by shooting videos. Phillipe Bittar, 19, says he didn't have much time to react yesterday afternoon when he saw the car at a Chevron station in Portland,... More »

Video: Beached Shark Gets a Life-Saving Tow

Good Samaritans save the day in Massachusetts

(Newser) - Not all the shark news this summer is bad news . When beachgoers in Chatham, Massachusetts, came across a beached great white, they staged a remarkable rescue. People tossed water on the shark to keep it alive, and soon the harbormaster showed up and towed it into the water, reports the... More »

Parachutist Saved by Pal in Mid-Air After Chute Fails

It happened at a military air show in the UK

(Newser) - Somebody owes his work buddy a beer: Spectators at a military air show in Britain watched an unplanned but dazzling display of skill as one parachutist rescued a colleague in mid-air, reports the Telegraph . A member of the army's Red Devils aerial team began hurtling to the ground when... More »

Mom Throws Baby, Self Off Bridge, Both Survive: Cops

Johnesha Perry charged with attempted homicide

(Newser) - A 19-year-old Pennsylvania mom tossed her 1-year-old son off a 52-foot-high bridge into a shallow river before she jumped in, police say. Authorities believe the incident in Allentown was an attempted murder-suicide, ABC 6 reports. But both the baby and the mother are likely to survive thanks to witnesses' calls... 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 »

Tourist Dies Trying to Save Drowning Mayor

Michigan mayor survives, is rescued by 2nd man

(Newser) - A crazy story equal parts tragic and heroic out of St. Croix in the Virgin Islands: A Danish tourist died trying to save a Michigan mayor who was being swept away by a riptide, but the mayor then got saved by a second Good Samaritan. The rescued man is South... More »

Naked Man Jumps on Bus to Escape Fire

British bus driver hailed for heroic rescue

(Newser) - With fire racing through a third-story apartment in Braintree, England, and no firefighters in sight, death or serious injury appeared to be inevitable for a man trapped by the flames. Enter Andy Waterman, bus driver. Waterman was driving an out-of-service double-decker bus back to the depot when he was flagged... More »

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