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Firefighters Rescue Ohio Woman 'Molded' to Chair

Barbara Foster, 75, may have been in it since last July

(Newser) - Firefighters in Ohio got a shock last week when they were called to the home of a 550-pound woman who was stuck in a chair in her house, the Toledo Blade reports. Barbara Foster, 75, was "molded" to the chair and surrounded by excrement when firefighters wearing Hazmat suits... More »

Dog Falls Through Ice, Cop Jumps in After Him

It's not the first water rescue for Vancouver police officer Peter Colenutt

(Newser) - A hearty Vancouver police officer is being hailed as a hero for plunging into a freezing lake to save a dog, the CBC reports. (Police retweeted images here .) The pooch became trapped after he chased a ball onto Lost Lagoon on Friday afternoon and plunged through thin ice. By... More »

He Kept His Nose Above Water Long Enough to Live

Daniel Miller says a yoga position saved his life after accident

(Newser) - A lucky Australian man credits a yoga pose with saving his life. Daniel Miller was working with an excavating machine in a dam on his remote property Wednesday when the ground gave way. Trapped beneath the machine's roll bar, Miller sank into the muddy bog up to his nostrils.... More »

Officer's Rescue of Woman in Burning Car Caught on Bodycam

Washington state woman says officer is 'a genuine hero'

(Newser) - A woman who was trapped in a burning car is hailing a Washington state officer as a hero after he bashed in her window and pulled her to safety, a rescue caught on the officer's body camera. Video shows Officer Tim Schwering of the city of Spokane repeatedly smashing... More »

After Husband Saves Dog, Wife Has to Save Them Both

Everybody gets rescued

(Newser) - Rescue authorities in England have a message for the public: If your dog falls into dangerous waters, don't try to save it yourself. The reminder came after a man came very close to death trying to save his mother-in-law's dog from a fast-flowing river Monday, the Times of... More »

Couple Survives 48 Hours Lost in Blizzard on Mountain

They suffered hypothermia, frostbite, but survived

(Newser) - Madison Popolizio, 19, and boyfriend Blake Alois, 20, set out Sunday for what was supposed to be a day hike in New York's Adirondack Mountains. The weather forecast was "partly cloudy," Popolizio tells the Daily Gazette . Then fog rolled in so thick they could barely see their... More »

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 »

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