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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 »

Doctor: Mom's Prayer Restarted Dead Boy's Heart

John Smith, 14, was underwater for 15 minutes

(Newser) - When rescuers arrived to Missouri's Lake Sainte Louise on Jan. 19 after reports that three 14-year-old boys had fallen through the ice, John Smith had already been underwater for 15 minutes. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports he was taken to a hospital with no pulse, and while his companions... More »

US: Yemen Raid Missed American Hostage

Luke Somers 'not present' during attempted rescue last month

(Newser) - The Pentagon and White House acknowledged today that the US tried last month to rescue a 33-year-old American journalist, Luke Somers, who is being held by al-Qaeda in Yemen, but "regrettably, Luke was not present," per a National Security Council spokeswoman. A video of Somers pleading for help... More »

Man Saved After Days at Sea Clinging to Foam Cooler

Solano Salazar was dehydrated, but otherwise OK

(Newser) - When a life jacket isn't within reach, just grab a cooler. Fisherman Solano Salazar is alive courtesy of the foam icebox he grabbed onto as his fishing boat capsized off the coast of Colombia on Sunday, the Guardian reports. Salazar and a companion had set out from the Guapi... More »

Horse Found Stuck in Backyard Pool

Firefighters rescue horse that roamed on owner's property

(Newser) - A horse in suburban Phoenix needed rescuing after it led itself to water and did more than just drink. Mesa firefighters say the horse was wandering outside of its pen yesterday when the animal somehow fell into the backyard swimming pool and became stuck. Mesa Fire Capt. Forrest Smith says... More »

Man Dies Rescuing Autistic Boy From River

Boyce 'Scoop' Coleman remembered for generosity, big heart

(Newser) - Boyce "Scoop" Coleman's friends and family aren't surprised he was the first to jump into the Hudson River after a 6-year-old autistic boy fell in the water at a barbecue Sunday, the New York Post reports. Coleman, 40, is credited with helping to save the child—witnesses... More »

Passengers Team Up to Save Heart Attack Victim

As plane travels through remote territory

(Newser) - A man who suffered a heart attack on a plane survived thanks to some well-trained fellow passengers. A doctor, a pharmacist, and a police officer on board rushed to the man's aid and saved his life, as they recount in the British Medical Journal . To add to the drama,... More »

Pit Bull Saves Boy, 8, From Bee Swarm

Hades pulls Jesse-Cole Shaver to safety

(Newser) - Hades the pit bull is doing her part to ensure the breed's good name. When Jesse-Cole Shaver; his sister, Jasmine; and some friends were playing in the Oregon woods, someone stepped on a rotten log—and bees zoomed out to attack. Jesse-Cole, 8, was stung some 24 times, and... More »

After Tourist Boat Sinks, an Amazing Tale of Survival

Boat was traveling between Indonesian islands when struck reef

(Newser) - When a tourist boat sank off the coast of Indonesia on Saturday, 25 people went into the water. One group of 10 survivors had to swim six or seven hours, eat leaves, drink their own urine, and dodge an erupting volcano on an island; the second group of 13 survived... More »

3 on Sailboat Await Rescue Near Hawaii

Sailboat set adrift by Hurricane Julio

(Newser) - Three people stranded aboard a sailboat set adrift 400 miles northeast of Oahu by Hurricane Julio are awaiting rescue. A container ship reached the sailboat early this morning, but crews were waiting for conditions to improve to evacuate the trio, reports the AP . "The seas were really bad and... More »

Crowd Shoves Train Off Trapped Man

A little teamwork saves the day at Australian train station

(Newser) - A guy who fell into the gap between a train and the platform during this morning's rush hour in Perth, Australia, was rescued by none other than his fellow commuters, reports ABC News Australia . Video footage shows the passengers working in tandem to shove the train off him, then... More »

Toddler Rescued as Stroller Rolls Onto Subway Tracks

Maintenance workers, mom both jump down

(Newser) - A 2-year-old girl escaped with some minor bumps and bruises after her stroller rolled onto the subway tracks in Queens, reports the Daily News . Her mother and a maintenance worker jumped down and pulled her to safety before a train arrived, say police. The drama began yesterday when the mother... More »

458 Kids Saved From Rat-Infested Abusive Home

Mexican children slept on floor of refuge, begged for money

(Newser) - Hundreds of kids have been rescued from a children's refuge full of rats and fleas where they are believed to have faced sexual abuse, Mexican officials say. Police and troops joined forces to free the children from the home, called "La Gran Familia," or the Big Family,... More »

'Utter Tragedy': Swimmer Survives, Lifeguard Dies

Ben Carlson, 32, is first Newport Beach lifeguard to die in line of duty

(Newser) - A veteran California lifeguard who spent nearly half his life saving swimmers in Newport Beach died yesterday during a rescue attempt. Ben Carlson, 32, who KTLA reports had been a local lifeguard for 15 years, dove into tumultuous 10-foot waves around 5pm to help a man in distress. Carlson reached... More »

Man Bends Car Door in Half to Save Driver

Robert Renning saw car on fire behind him, went into action

(Newser) - A Minnesota man demonstrated superhuman strength at exactly the right time Sunday. Air National Guardsman Robert Renning, 52, was driving along the interstate around New Brighton when he saw flames underneath an SUV about six car-lengths behind him, reports Twin Cities Pioneer Press . He slowed to get driver Michael Johannes'... More »

Couple Falls Overboard, Treads Water for 14 Hours

Sean McGovern, Melissa Morris ultimately rescued

(Newser) - On Saturday morning, four fishermen saw birds hovering over the waters seven miles off the Hallandale Beach shore in Broward County, Florida. Usually, their presence signals fish in the water. But not this time. Instead of fish, the men—two of them off-duty sheriff’s detectives and one a firefighter/paramedic—... More »

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