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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 »

Mad Ferry Parents Maul Coast Guard Officer

Prosecutors blame disaster on cargo and extra cabins

(Newser) - Furious South Korean parents today broke into the command center for rescue operations of the ferry that capsized in last week's tragedy, the New York Times reports. As scores of family members pushed inside, mothers attacked a Coast Guard officer in charge and blamed him for letting students be... More »

Police: Mom Tries to Drown Teens, Man Saves Them

Authorities say the New Jersey woman drove her van into a river Tuesday night

(Newser) - A woman tried to drown her three teenage children by driving a van into a river, police say, but all four of them were rescued by a man who said he heard screaming from the partially submerged vehicle. Authorities say Joann Smith, 49, of Florence Township, NJ, drove the van... More »

Sailing Family Won't Be Charged for Baby's Rescue

Cost of rescue operation is not yet known

(Newser) - It took three federal agencies, a fixed-wing aircraft, a Navy warship, and scores of personnel (including four California Air National Guard members who parachuted into the water and swam to the boat) to rescue an ill baby girl and her family from their broken down sailboat 900 miles off the... More »

Sick Child's Parents Defend Round-the-World Sail

Kaufmans insist they 'prepared as well as any sailing crew could'

(Newser) - Eric and Charlotte Kaufman, the parents who took their young daughters on what was supposed to be a round-the-world sailing voyage, are defending that decision after their 1-year-old daughter became ill, their boat stalled, and the family had to be rescued by the US Navy. "We understand there are... More »

Navy Rescues Ill Toddler Off Coast of Mexico

Family was on round-the-world sail when 1-year-old became sick

(Newser) - American sailors rescued a family with an ill 1-year-old baby from a disabled sailboat hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast and today were headed to San Diego to get the girl medical treatment. The girl, along with her family, were helped onto an inflatable raft and then taken aboard... More »

Man Jumps Onto Subway Tracks, Saves Woman

Reporter happens to witness rescue

(Newser) - When a woman fell onto the tracks at a Chicago Blue Line stop yesterday, just as a train was arriving, Eddie Palacios did something very brave: He leaped onto the tracks and waved for the train to stop. DNAinfo Chicago reporter Jon Hansen happened to be on the platform to... More »

Watch Crews Rescue a 4-Year-Old From the Mudslide

And other tales of survival

(Newser) - Positive news is hard to come by when it comes to the mudslide that wiped out a Washington state community, but footage is making the rounds today of a helicopter crew rescuing a 4-year-old boy from the muddy wreckage. Jacob Spillers was home with his two sisters, age 5 and... More »

Teen Dies Saving Girlfriend From Train

And in Chicago, dad dies protecting daughter from attacker

(Newser) - Two stories of heroism and sacrifice from last week:
  • As Mickayla Friend and boyfriend Mateus Moore walked along the train tracks Friday night in Marysville, Calif., on their way to a school dance, they paused to take a picture. Moments later, a train barreled toward them both—and Mickayla's
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