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Raccoon That 'United America' Has Been Rescued

Critter that scampered up a St. Paul skyscraper is said to have been caught in a live trap

(Newser) - The skyscraper-ascending raccoon of Minnesota has reportedly been rescued. NPR reports the determined climber, which had been trapped at various spots on the UBS building in St. Paul for two days, is said to finally have been trapped by building management, per a law firm on the 23rd floor of... More »

Kayaker Dies a Hero After Whirlpool Opens Up

Arkansas man helped 2 caught near whirlpool

(Newser) - Arkansas officials have a message for boaters on the popular Spring River: Stay away from the Dead Man's Curve area near Saddler Falls. Officials say a kayaker died in the area Saturday when a sinkhole opened up in the riverbed, creating a large whirlpool that overturned boats, the Washington ... More »

He Accepted He Was Going to Die. Then a Hand Came Down

D'Marie O'Connor started a Twitter campaign to find mysterious 'Max' who saved him

(Newser) - "Hey Twitter This is Max, Max saved me from drowning yesterday." And so began D'Marie O'Connor's online quest Tuesday to find "Max," the man he said rescued him from 58-degree waters at Chicago's North Avenue Beach on Memorial Day. O'Connor tells... More »

Prosecutor: As Son Hung From Balcony, Dad Was Playing Pokemon Go

Meanwhile, Mamoudou Gassama gets praise all around after saving 4-year-old in Paris

(Newser) - The family of a French boy who was saved as he dangled from a fourth-floor balcony by a man dubbed "Spider-Man" is now calling Mamoudou Gassama's actions "incredible"—and shaking their heads at the child's father for leaving him unattended. Gassama is "truly a... More »

After Dramatic Rescue, France Makes 'Spider-Man' a Citizen

Immigrant rescued boy dangling from building

(Newser) - A young Malian immigrant whose rescue of a 4-year-old boy dangling from a building was declared "Incroyable!" by the French media has been rewarded with citizenship. Mamoudou Gassama was filmed by passers-by scaling the facade of the Paris building, climbing from balcony to balcony to reach the child... More »

3-Year-Old Rescued From Quicksand-Like Manure Pit

Boy is OK after falling into pit inside a barn in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - Officials say emergency crews rescued a 3-year-old boy who fell into a manure pit on a farm near Philadelphia. Emergency responders were called to the Honey Brook Township farm about 6:30pm Saturday after the child fell into the six- to 10-foot pit inside a large barn. Fire crews tried... More »

It Was 'One of Most Daring Rescues in Mountaineering History'

Team from K2 flies to nearby 'Killer Mountain' and saves a stranded climber

(Newser) - Veteran Polish climber Krzysztof Wielicki was leading an expedition up the renowned Himalayan K2 summit in January when he got word by satellite phone that two climbers were in trouble—on another mountain. The 68-year-old Wielicki tells Outside that he saw only one choice: He needed to organize a quick... More »

The Dad Couldn't Swim, Gave His Life to Save Daughter's

Anthony Burgess' 3-year-old knocked the car into neutral

(Newser) - "This dad did everything he could"—and gave everything he could. Anthony Burgess, 24, died Sunday while attempting to rescue his 3-year-old daughter from a Pontiac G6 that hold rolled backward into an Indianapolis pond. Police say the child accidentally hit the gear shift, putting the car into... More »

He Had No Protective Gear. He Rushed Into the Fire Anyway

Off-duty FDNY firefighter Roben Duge saves grandmother, 2 children from house fire

(Newser) - A grandmother in Queens and her two grandkids are alive today because of an off-duty firefighter's quick thinking. The New York Daily News reports Roben Duge, who's been with the FDNY for five years, had just emerged from the subway on his way home Thursday night, and as... More »

They Were Being Pounded by Waves. Then the Drone Came

'Little Ripper' helped save 2 teen boys in rough surf off Australia

(Newser) - In what the deputy premier of New South Wales is calling a "historic" rescue, two teens were saved from choppy surf thanks to a drone that dropped an inflatable safety device to them—all as it recorded the rescue. The BBC reports that Aussie lifeguards were still testing how... More »

Homeless Man Pulls 2 Kids From Burning Home

Anival Angulo happened by the Las Vegas residence on Friday

(Newser) - Las Vegas firefighters are calling a homeless man a hero for saving two small children from a fire, reports the AP . Fire officials say a 3-year-old girl and a 10-month-old boy were trapped in a burning apartment Friday morning after the children's grandfather was cooking food and the stove... More »

Boy Lost for 30 Minutes in Icy Pond Is Now Awake

8-year-old's father calls it a 'Christmas miracle'

(Newser) - In what a Utah boy's father calls a "Christmas miracle," the 8-year-old is "awake and coherent" after spending up to 30 minutes submerged in an icy pond on Christmas Day. The Washington County Sheriff's Office says the boy, identified only as Jason, is "doing... More »

Deputy 'Just Made the Decision' to Save Boy From Frozen Pond

'I knew time was of the essence,' Utah officer says

(Newser) - With an 8-year-old boy under the ice of a frozen pond and time running out, "I just made the decision I was going to go get him," says Sgt. Aaron Thompson. The officer in Washington County, Utah, was one of the first officers on the scene after the... More »

Dive Team Was on the Way; Officer Decided Not to Wait

Sergeant without gear pulls boy from frozen pond

(Newser) - It was nearly a Christmas Day tragedy, but the first responding officer had other ideas. The drama began when an 8-year-old boy chased a dog onto a frozen pond in New Harmony, Utah, and fell through the ice about 5pm, reports KUTV . Other kids saw what happened and ran to... More »

After Humans Fail, Drone Spots Lost Hunter in 20 Minutes

Bill McDonnell spent the night in the woods of Virginia's Shenandoah County but is fine

(Newser) - A 92-year-old hunter in Virginia had to spend a frigid night in the woods, but he's safe now thanks to quick work by a drone. Bill McDonnell went out hunting Saturday in Shenandoah County, and his family notified authorities when he hadn't emerged from the woods by that... More »

Against an Inferno, Man Rescues the Smallest Creature

Wild rabbit saved

(Newser) - Whether you consider it brave or foolish, it's tough not to consider it incredible. NBC News has video of a driver who pulled over on California's Highway 1 near La Conchita to save a wild rabbit from the blazing wildfire that's painting the backdrop orange. As the... More »

A Fire, a Deadbolted Door, and an Incredible Rescue

Anival Angulo pulled baby, 3-year-old out of burning Las Vegas apartment

(Newser) - Las Vegas claims one of the nation's highest rates of homelessness —and one of the city's homeless residents is now being called a hero. KSNV and the Washington Post report that Anival Angulo was walking along a quiet Las Vegas street late Friday morning when he saw... More »

No Superhero Rescue at Calif. Car Crash—Just Harrison Ford

Star rushed to help woman whose car veered off Santa Paula highway

(Newser) - A woman who crashed her car off the side of a California highway over the weekend probably wasn't expecting Indiana Jones to come to her rescue. But that's who she got, in the form of the real-life Harrison Ford, who happened to be driving behind her late Sunday... More »

Taiwan: Rescued US Sailors Are Telling Tall Tales

Government says Taiwanese fishing crew didn't try to kill Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava

(Newser) - If you're attempting to keep up with the story of two American women who were rescued after five months at sea, but whose tale keeps taking weird turns, there's an update. The government of Taiwan says that, no, the Taiwanese fishing crew that spotted the women afloat last... More »

Quick-Thinking Rescuer Saves Life of Man Trapped in Glacier

German mountaineer lucky to be alive after falling into a crevice in Austria

(Newser) - Austrian emergency teams have rescued a German mountaineer who spent five days in a deep glacier crevice after slipping. Officials say the man was found in the 100-foot-deep gap Thursday after he succeeded in making an emergency call from his cellphone following numerous failed attempts because of poor reception, the... More »

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