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157 Days Into Race, Her Boat Turned End-Over-End

UK's Susie Goodall is awaiting a rescue

(Newser) - The only woman in a 30,000-mile solo race around the globe saw the "total loss" of her boat—with help two days away. One of 18 skippers, Brit Susie Goodall was in the 4th place 157 days into the Golden Globe Race when her 35-foot vessel was pitchpoled... More »

A Shout Amid Flames: 'Can Somebody Catch My Baby?'

3 injured in 'brutal' Dallas apartment fire

(Newser) - Around 40 Dallas residents are homeless for Thanksgiving but thankful to be alive after what the Dallas Morning News describes as a "brutal" fire at an apartment complex. Three people including a firefighter were injured Wednesday, per NBC DFW , though rescuers and residents likely prevented further calamity. They banged... More »

They Almost Drove Over the One-Word Message: 'Help'

Idaho hunters help find Katie Ogle, 19

(Newser) - "If we didn't come up here she could have been dead." Such is the realization of a 15-year-old boy who helped rescue a lost teen in Idaho over the weekend. Ryle Gordon and stepdad Chris Trumbich had traveled to Hayden for a hunting trip. Driving toward their... More »

He Thought He Found a Doll in the Ocean. Then It 'Squeaked'

'Freakish miracle' as fisherman finds NZ toddler floating, saves him

(Newser) - New Zealand fisherman Gus Hutt says he plucked what he thought was a porcelain doll from the ocean—and then it made a noise. In an amazing stroke of luck, Hutt was there to rescue an 18-month-old boy who had escaped from his parents' tent at a holiday camp near... More »

She Couldn't Sleep at Night. Her Worries Saved Hiker's Life

Nancy Abell's 911 call saves German hiker on Pacific Crest Trail

(Newser) - Katharina Groene was near death—wet, dehydrated, showing signs of hypothermia, and eating a ration of one Pop-Tart per day. She was down to the last 200 miles of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail earlier this week when she pulled out her phone and recorded an apology for those... More »

They Spotted a Hole in the Fence, Found a Dying Woman

She survived 6 days in Arizona desert

(Newser) - An Arizona rancher's chance meeting with his brother saved the life of a seriously injured woman who had spent six days in the desert after her car went off the highway. David Moralez says he stopped to chat with his brother Zach after he spotted him working with a... More »

6 Formed a Human Chain to Find a Teen. All Drowned

Firefighters were caught in an abandoned mining pool in Malaysia

(Newser) - One tragedy in Malaysia has been compounded by an even greater one: Six rescuers drowned Wednesday night while trying to find a teen who'd fallen into an abandoned mining pool, reports the BBC . The firefighters had tied themselves together with a rope and formed a human chain as they... More »

74-Year-Old Found Alive 5 Days After DC Fire

He was trapped in apartment with door jammed shut

(Newser) - After a fire swept through his senior complex in Washington, DC, leaving his door swollen shut, 74-year-old Raymond Holton waited for help. He was there for five days. Holton was found Monday inside his unit at the Arthur Capper Senior Public Housing complex when workers assessing the badly damaged building'... More »

2K Miles Off Australia, Dramatic Rescue of an Elite Sailor

A severely injured Abhilash Tomy found after yacht dismasted during round-the-world race

(Newser) - "He is conscious, and he is safe." With those words, an Indian navy rep revealed the status of sailor Abhilash Tomy, who'd placed an emergency call from his yacht during a bid to make it around the world in the Golden Globe Race. Per NPR , Tomy's... More »

He Had One of the 'Loneliest Jobs,' Then Got Lost at Sea

Indonesian 19-year-old Aldi Novel Adilang survives 49 days adrift

(Newser) - He thought about jumping into the ocean to end it all, but recalled his parents' advice: pray. And Aldi Novel Adilang, 19, had a Bible with him, so he did. What the Indonesian teen didn't have was much food, paddles, an engine, or a functional anchor, but he survived... More »

New Risk for Climbers in Nepal: Your Guide May Scam You

Companies push air rescues for minor reasons, then reap big profits

(Newser) - Since a deadly 2015 earthquake, Nepal's 2,600 trekking companies have had to lower their rates to attract a smaller pool of explorers eyeing Himalayan peaks. They've made up for the lost income with what a government report describes as a multimillion-dollar insurance scam involving tour operators, helicopter... More »

Search for Toddler Gets Desperate. Then: 'I'm Here'

2-year-old Yoshiki Fujimoto survived 3 days on mountain in Japan

(Newser) - Most toddlers celebrate turning 2 with cake and presents. Yoshiki Fujimoto spent his birthday lost on a Japanese mountain, the subject of a frantic three-day search after he disappeared while with his grandfather. The South China Morning Post reports on the "miracle" of a volunteer finding Yoshiki Wednesday, perched... More »

Cruise Passenger's Unexpected Detour: 10 Hours in Ocean

British woman rescued after falling off ship near Croatia

(Newser) - A woman on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship got way more exposure to the ocean than she intended, but lived to tell the tale. The 46-year-old British passenger fell off the back of the Norwegian Star ship about 60 miles off the coast of Croatia around midnight Saturday, reports the... More »

Deadly Floods Trap Thousands

Over 190 people have died in the Indian state of Kerala

(Newser) - Thousands of stranded people were waiting for rescue Saturday and officials pleaded for more help as relentless monsoon floods battered the south Indian state of Kerala, where more than 190 have died in a little over a week and much of the state is partially submerged, the AP reports. Heavy... More »

Hiker Lost in Wilderness Survived by Eating Bees

He was found after 6 days on Mount St. Helens

(Newser) - Matthew Matheny went for what was supposed to be a brief hike on Mount St. Helens on Thursday last week—and was airlifted to a Vancouver, Wash., hospital Wednesday when search and rescue teams finally found him. The 40-year-old Warren, Ohio, resident, who was in the state visiting friends, had... More »

They Were Trapped in an Ice Cave. They Started Burning Hair

'We only had about an hour or two before we would've died,' Jessica Christiansen says

(Newser) - An Idaho couple was rescued this week from an ice cave in Wyoming with a little less hair than they entered with. By Sunday night, Spencer and Jessica Christiansen were sure they were staring death in the face. Drenched by a waterfall inside the mazelike Darby Canyon Ice Cave, where... More »

NJ Bride Rescued From Flooded Car

She didn't even get her dress wet

(Newser) - A bride facing an enormous amount of rain on her wedding day was rescued from a flooded car in New Jersey on Saturday. Police in Bogota say they rescued the just-married bride and groom after their vehicle became trapped by floodwaters at an intersection at around 6pm, Time reports. The... More »

They Had a Foot of Air Space in Elevator. The Water Kept Coming

Dramatic rescue comes amid Toronto flooding

(Newser) - Toronto police pulled off an impressive rescue in the city swamped by flooding Tuesday night. Six minutes after receiving a call about two men trapped in a flooded elevator with only a foot of air space, officers swam into the water-filled basement of a commercial building and used a crowbar... More »

Texas Company Learned Man Was Stuck on This NZ Mountain

Terry Harch spent nearly a week on the frigid peak

(Newser) - A company in Texas got the alert earlier this week: One of its locator beacons had been set off—in New Zealand. It alerted the country's Rescue Co-ordination Centre, but three sub-zero nights passed before anyone was able to reach 29-year-old Terry Harch, a lieutenant with the Australian... More »

After Toddler Falls Into Septic Tank, a Frantic Rescue

Mom and big sister of Thorin Hess team up to rescue and revive him

(Newser) - A toddler in Washington state who fell into a septic tank is alive because of his big sister. The AP reports the incident took place in the Tacoma suburb of Edgewood on Wednesday morning, when the boy, identified by KIRO-7 as 2-year-old Thorin Hess, plunged into the tank after stepping... More »

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