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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 »

Guy Saved From Cave Has 728 People to Thank

After 12 days, he escapes Germany's deepest cave

(Newser) - After one of the most challenging cave rescues ever to take place, an injured German man has been brought out of the country's deepest cave alive. Johann Westhauser, a 52-year-old physicist and cave researcher, was badly hurt in a rock fall almost 4,000 feet below the surface, and... More »

Ex-Con Saves Baby Crawling Toward Highway

Stays with her for 2 hours, soothes her with gospel music

(Newser) - During the 10 years he spent in federal prison for manufacturing cocaine, Bryant Collins "made a very conscientious effort to change" his life, he says. And five years after getting out, he's officially a hero: On Friday, he noticed a baby on the side of a Georgia highway.... More »

Girl's Tearful Facebook Post Saves Trapped Dad

Brianna Vance went online when tree fell on her front porch

(Newser) - A West Virginia girl sprung into action last Tuesday when a lightning-struck tree landed on her family's porch, trapping her father and his two friends, ABC News reports. "I was scared," said 10-year-old Brianna Vance. "I needed help. My dad needed help." There was no... More »

Woman Tries to Rescue Cat, Needs Rescuing

Tara Dennis heard cat crying in tree for days

(Newser) - Firefighters typically wouldn't rescue a cat caught in a tree. But they did on Sunday ... in order to rescue the woman who tried to save it. "Normally, we recommend they just let animals come down by themselves," said the deputy fire chief in Erie, Pa., after 21-year-old... More »

Guy in Germany's Deepest Cave May Be Stuck for Days

200 rescuers navigating rock labyrinth

(Newser) - Help has arrived for a man trapped in a place that would give anybody with claustrophobia nightmares: More than 3,000 feet below the surface in a cave rescuers say is one of the most difficult in Europe. The 52-year-old cave researcher was injured in a rock fall in the... More »

US Navy Saves 282 in Mediterranean

Boat belonging to apparent migrants was sinking

(Newser) - The US Navy rescued 282 people in the Mediterranean Sea following a call yesterday from the Italian military. Those rescued were apparently migrants from Africa; one of their six boats had begun to sink. The USS Bataan sent a pair of helicopters to the scene, and swimmers rescued those in... More »

Teen in Sneakers Rescued in Rockies—at 13K Feet

Quebec 19-year-old had no climbing gear

(Newser) - Rescuers airlifted a 19-year-old hiker to safety yesterday, after he got struck in an "extremely precarious location" on Longs Peak in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park. Reports describe Samuel Frappier of Quebec as an inexperienced climber with no technical equipment—according to the ABC 7 he was wearing... More »

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