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Elite Anti-Kidnapping Unit Rescues American Judge

Colombia captors demanded $33K ransom

(Newser) - Colombian authorities say they've safely rescued a Los Angeles-area judge kidnapped almost a week ago while on vacation in the South American nation. Police say Judge Benny Osorio's captors had demanded a $33,000 ransom for his release. An elite anti-kidnapping unit using intelligence information rescued the judge... 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 »

Man's Quick Swim Turns Into 4-Hour Nightmare

Randall Hackett found a buoy amid heavy fog

(Newser) - A swimmer who vanished off a Massachusetts beach was found safe and sound Tuesday after treading water for 4 1/2 hours. Randall Hackett, 58, and his 28-year-old son-in-law, Alexander Auerbach, had decided to swim part of the 4-mile distance of Crane Beach in Ipswich around 5pm Tuesday, report the Salem ... More »

Weekend's Oddest 911 Call: Bald Eagle Stuck in Car Grille

Rescuers think the bird flew in front of a car while hunting

(Newser) - The Clay County Sheriff's Office in northern Florida has been busy in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, but one emergency call over the weekend has gotten more attention than the rest: a bald eagle stuck in the grille of a car. Local police and fire and rescue were able... More »

Video Shows Man Save Kitten Stuck on Highway

It's purrrrty cute

(Newser) - A surveillance video of a busy highway in Russia is melting hearts around the world: In it, a tiny kitten can be seen in the middle of the road in Kaliningrad on Monday as several vehicles drive around it, in what look to be near-misses at times. The kitten had... More »

'Leap of Faith' Off Hawaii Waterfall Ends Badly

Yet Shiloh Shahan still wants to try it again

(Newser) - Shiloh Shahan calls it his "leap of faith." Others call it just plain stupid. While visiting Wailua Falls on the Hawaiian island of Kauai on Sept. 1, the California native decided to ignore the many warning signs and jump an estimated 85 to 173 feet from the top... More »

'Air Surgery' Saves 110 Trapped in Cable Cars Overnight

Tangled cables stopped the cars initially

(Newser) - Dozens of tourists, including a 10-year-old child, were safely rescued Friday after being trapped in cable cars dangling above the slopes of Mont Blanc in the Alps overnight. The mountain rescue service in the French city of Chamonix says cables entangled Thursday were repaired, and the cable cars were able... More »

SEAL Rescuers Just Missed Western Hostages

They were looking for professors kidnapped in Kabul

(Newser) - Navy SEALs attempted one of the daring rescues they're famous for after the kidnapping of an American and an Australian in Kabul last month—but officials say they missed the men by what was probably just hours. Officials tell the New York Times that seven insurgents were killed in... More »

Fisherman's Catch: Dog That Fell Off a Ferry

Chesney's owners had no idea she was in the water

(Newser) - A New Hampshire family was reunited with their dog Monday after the animal fell off a ferry en route to Martha's Vineyard without anyone noticing. Passengers on a 10:30am ferry from Falmouth noticed 12-year-old Chesney swimming about a mile offshore and alerted a nearby fishing boat. A fisherman... More »

46 Rescued From Sinking Boat Off Alaska

Good Samaritan ships rushed to remote location

(Newser) - Two Good Samaritan vessels rescued 46 people Tuesday night who abandoned their sinking fishing boat in the Bering Sea off Alaska's Aleutian Islands, the Coast Guard says. There were no reports of any injuries as the crew members were transferred from life rafts to the merchant ships in fairly... More »

Pair Rescued as Boat Teeters Near Edge of Niagara Falls

Only a section of engine kept the boat from drifting

(Newser) - A man and woman got closer to Niagara Falls than they probably ever wanted on Sunday. The US Coast Guard was called in to rescue the pair from Buffalo after their boat became disabled and drifted "very close" to the Canadian side of the falls, reports the Niagara Gazette... More »

Men Trying to Save Child Drown in Lake Michigan

Woman taken to hospital, child was unharmed

(Newser) - Two men drowned while trying to rescue a child struggling in powerful currents in Lake Michigan on Saturday. David Halford, 37, and Kyle Reibly, 26, were among a group of four that entered the water at Wells Street Beach in Gary, Ind., after the child around 2:30pm. "We... More »

Cops: Firefighters Take 'Random' Exit, Stop a Murder

Man was attempting to hang woman in underpass: cops

(Newser) - Firefighters were expecting to find, well, flames. Instead, they discovered a man attempting to hang a woman beneath an overpass near Utah's Parleys Canyon on Friday, police say. A four-man crew responding to a report of smoke at the mouth of the canyon around 8pm found nothing troubling, so... More »

Daring Antarctic Rescue Is Complete

It took 2 hectic days of flying to get 2 US workers to Chile

(Newser) - A small plane with two sick US workers arrived safely in Chile late Wednesday after leaving Antarctica in a daring rescue mission from a remote South Pole research station, officials say. After making a stop for a few hours at a British station on the edge of Antarctica, the two... More »

Toddler's Near-Drowning, Rescue Caught on Video

Her aunt is charged with child neglect

(Newser) - No one noticed when a 3-year-old girl wandered into a community pool in Titusville, Fla., nor when she slipped beneath the surface. Yet, miraculously, the toddler is alive. A surveillance video—it isn't clear when it was taken—shows Keyuna Jordan walk into a pool at an apartment complex... More »

Trapped Couple Rescued After Sending Selfie From Cliffside

'I've got an idea, I'll send you a picture as well'

(Newser) - We've heard about selfies killing people , but one couple trapped on a cliff in the UK may have actually been saved by one last weekend. Mashable reports an unnamed couple stuck Sunday at Winnats Pass guided the Edale Mountain Rescue Team to them with a selfie. The couple were... More »

Woman Survives 100-Foot Fall During Hike

Fire chief calls Amber Kohnhorst's survival miraculous

(Newser) - Amber Kohnhorst was on what was supposed to be a short hike on northwestern Arizona's Rose Cliffs Trail Friday when she fell 100 feet. Amazingly, after being stranded for almost 25 hours, she survived—though she broke her nose, crushed her pelvis, and suffered three back fractures, Fox 10... More »

Baby Rescued 4 Days After Kenya Building Collapse

Bright spot after disaster that's killed nearly two dozen so far

(Newser) - At least 23 people are reported dead after an unapproved building collapsed Friday in Nairobi, Kenya, per the Star , but the Kenya Red Cross offered a bit of hope early Tuesday. "Good news! A child aged about one and half years rescued alive at 0400 hours," the organization... More »

Animal Planet Crew Saves Near-Death Castaway

Australian was stranded on remote island without water

(Newser) - The crew of Animal Planet show River Monsters was searching for a "giant grouper" fish on a remote island in Australia last November. Instead, they found a castaway of sorts. "We saw this blue and white plastic cooler box sitting on some rocks, which we thought was a... More »

In Florida for Dad's Memorial, Man Drowns Saving Daughter

William Moritz died saving 6-year-old caught in rip current

(Newser) - As a GoFundMe page set up in his honor notes, William Moritz died doing "what any great father would do": saving his young daughter. The 28-year-old Michigan man was in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., for his own father's memorial service, per Action News Jax , but a morning swim on... More »

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