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During Dramatic Rescue, a Shout of 'Kill the Hostages'

But Canadian-American abductees were freed; they may wind up living in Canada

(Newser) - Hidden in the trunk of a car traveling through northwest Pakistan Wednesday, a US-Canadian family of five suddenly heard gunfire, followed by a cry from one of their abductors. "Kill the hostages," the man shouted, per the New York Times . After a short firefight, however, Pakistani forces pulled... More »

5 Years, 3 Kids Later, Couple Is Freed From Taliban Group

American Caitlan Coleman, family are 'safe and sound'

(Newser) - An American woman, her Canadian husband, and their three children born during five years in Taliban captivity are finally free. Caitlan Coleman and Josh Boyle, both in their 30s, and their three children were rescued by Pakistani security forces shortly after the family crossed into the country on Wednesday, Pakistan'... More »

Kitten Pulled From Fire Will Melt Your Heart

Velcro was given oxygen to aid recovery

(Newser) - "There was heavy smoke in there, so the fact that they survived is pretty remarkable," says a fire official after a kitten and snake were rescued from a cooking fire at an apartment in Washington state on Monday. Firefighters initially pulled two dogs from the fire, one of... More »

Nursing Home Residents Rescued After Photo Goes Viral

Image shows seniors sitting in waist-deep water in Dickinson, Texas

(Newser) - One of the most widely circulated images to come out of the Texas flooding on Sunday showed several elderly residents of a nursing home sitting in waist-deep water. "Need help asap emergency services please RETWEET," tweeted Timothy McIntosh. That's exactly what people did, and Galveston County Daily ... More »

BASE Jumper Gets Stuck on Canyon Wall

Rescuers saved the day

(Newser) - A BASE jumper apparently trying to make it to the floor of an Idaho canyon instead ended up stuck on the canyon wall Tuesday night, KMVT reports. Emergency responders were called to the scene in Twin Falls, where one descended the cliff face to perform a rope rescue, CBS News... More »

Good News Times 3 in Italy Quake Rescue

Pulled from rubble: 3 siblings, including preteen who saved younger brother

(Newser) - A preteen being hailed as a hero in the earthquake that rocked Italy's Ischia island Monday was yanked out of the rubble Tuesday afternoon, as were his two little brothers, whom he's credited with saving. The BBC reports that 11-year-old Ciro was the last of the three siblings... More »

Woman Who Crashed Car Found 17 Days Later

Jamie Tull, 33, crashed her car July 17

(Newser) - A former kindergarten teacher last heard from more than two weeks ago has been found in Central California, and she told authorities she survived by eating two grasshoppers and a fly and drinking water from a dirty cattle trough, the AP reports. Rescuers who found Jamie Tull emaciated, dehydrated, and... More »

Hang On: Dramatic Rescue Saves Cable Car Passengers

Dozens safely rescued in Germany; only 2 slight injuries

(Newser) - About a week ago, firefighters in Germany drilled for an unlikely event: the rescue of cable car passengers. Over the weekend, that training paid off, reports the Guardian . Firefighters had to rescue about 75 people in Cologne on Sunday after one of the cars crashed into a support pillar. The... More »

He Lost His Twin 'to the Sea.' It Wasn't Going to Happen Again

Captain dives into frigid Alaska waters to rescue crew member after boat capsizes

(Newser) - Coast Guard members aboard a helicopter and Good Samaritans on a nearby vessel watched in amazement as the captain of a fishing boat dove into frigid Alaska waters this week to pull off a risky rescue. Per the Alaska Dispatch News , water started flooding the Grayling, a commercial fishing boat... More »

Actor Falls, Spends 3 Days Trapped at Foot of Waterfall

Paul Nicholls says he's 'lucky to be alive'

(Newser) - British actor Paul Nicholls spent a decidedly unglamorous three days at the bottom of a Thai waterfall before being rescued this week, the Guardian reports. Nicholls, former star of British soap opera EastEnders who went on to star in a Bridget Jones film among other things, fell from the top... More »

'Miraculous': Elephant Rescued 10 Miles From Shore

Animal likely got caught in current, says Sri Lanka's Navy

(Newser) - An elephant washed out to sea has made "a miraculous escape" with help from Sri Lanka's Navy. The elephant, believed to have been caught in a current while crossing a stretch of water separating two areas of jungle near the town of Kokkilai, was spotted trying to keep... More »

Amazing Human Chain: 'These People Are Not Drowning Today'

Bystanders at Panama City Beach in Florida step up

(Newser) - It could have been the worst story of the day. Instead, it's one of the best. Dozens of strangers formed a human chain and saved a family from drowning at Panama City Beach in Florida, per the News Herald . The Washington Post reports that 10 people were rescued in... More »

'We're Getting Bolt Cutters, Honey': Rescue Video Is Out

Authorities release footage of Todd Kohlhepp prisoner Kala Brown

(Newser) - It can be tough to watch, even with the happy ending. Authorities in South Carolina have released video of the rescue of Kala Brown, who had been chained inside a metal container by serial killer Todd Kohlhepp on his property near Woodruff for about two months, reports the Independent-Mail . Officers... More »

Gripping Video Shows Water Rescue of Infant, Toddler

Both children are expected to be OK

(Newser) - Gripping video out of Texas shows bystanders frantically trying to rescue a family with two young children who were stuck in a truck that had overturned in a fast-moving stream shortly after tornadoes hit the state Saturday . After struggling to get into the car, where the backseat was submerged underwater,... More »

Woman Tracks Down Stranger Who Saved Son

He stopped boy from choking in Chicago Subway

(Newser) - It took days of trying, but Chicago mom Mary Graham was able to track down the stranger who saved her son's life in a Subway and took off before she could thank him. Indiana man Patrick Kissane was a customer in the restaurant Tuesday night when Graham's 2-year-old... More »

After the Battle, Army Ants Leave No Soldier Behind

Many ants injured in battle are saved by being carried back to the colony

(Newser) - A new study provides the first evidence that ants rescue members of their own colony post-battle even when those ants aren't in imminent danger, reports the Guardian . The observation came about when biologist Erik Frank was watching army ants march out to battle termites in highly patterned formation—"... More »

All the Animals in the Mosul Zoo Perished—Except These 2

Meet Simba the lion and Lula the bear, now headed to a new life in Jordan

(Newser) - Lula and Simba are headed to a new life in Jordan. The bear and lion, respectively, were discovered in February in the war-decimated Montazah al-Morour Zoo in Mosul, Iraq, apparently the only two animal survivors in the facility, the BBC reports. All of the other creatures had starved to death... More »

Hiker Pinned by Falling 1.5K-Pound Boulder

It took hours, but she was freed and is expected to survive

(Newser) - It took hours, but a 30-year-old female hiker was rescued Wednesday afternoon after being hit and pinned by a 1,500-pound rock at North Table Mountain Park in Golden, Colo. The woman and a male companion were hiking to an area where they were going to mountain climb when the... More »

Dramatic Rescue, With Surprise Help From Muddy Elephants

Asian elephants in Cambodia were mired in bomb crater—then assistance arrived

(Newser) - Teamwork both human and animal is what saved the lives of nearly a dozen Asian elephants in a Cambodian wildlife preserve after local farmers there stumbled upon a distressing sight: 11 of the endangered animals stuck in a mud-filled crater formed nearly a half-century ago by a Vietnam War bomb,... More »

A Drive-Thru Worker Just Redefined Customer Service

He jumps out window to save unconscious customer in SUV

(Newser) - McDonald's employee Pedro Viloria doesn't typically jump through the drive-thru window, but a shocking moment during his Tuesday breakfast shift in Doral, Florida, led him to do just that. Now, he's being deemed a hero for his quick actions. Mashable reports that after handing over an order... More »

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