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Missing Teen Survives in Snow Cave

Canadian snowmobiler 'did everything right after things went wrong'

(Newser) - A missing 17-year-old snowmobiler was found in "good condition" Saturday in Canada after building himself a snow cave and hunkering down. The snowmobiler, identified as Robert, had been traveling with his father and brother on British Columbia's Mica Mountain when he diverted into an area with steep terrain...

The BBC Profiled Her. She Hasn't Been Heard From Since

British hiker-blogger Esther Dingley missing in the Pyrenees

(Newser) - A blogger who wrote about her extensive travels through Europe has vanished on one of the adventures her thousands of followers checked in to read about. Esther Dingley, 37—who ran the Esther & Dan blog with her partner of 18 years, Dan Colegate, 38—had set out from Benasque,...

Ominous Sign After Fishing Boat Sinks: Empty Life Raft

US Coast Guard searching for 4 men off Cape Cod

(Newser) - The US Coast Guard is racing to find four fisherman missing off the coast of Massachusetts after their boat sank early Monday. A crew from Boston responded after an emergency radio beacon was triggered 20 miles northeast of Provincetown around 1am, per NBC News . Calls to the satellite phone on...

'It Just Sucks': Hiker, Mom of 2 Dies Hours After Rescue

Cassandra Bravo spent 2 nights in the cold after fall on Mount Whitney

(Newser) - An injured hiker managed to survive two nights out in the cold on Mount Whitney, only to die hours after her rescue. It was a heartbreaking end for friends and family of Cassandra Bravo, a California nurse and single mother of a 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter. She fell roughly...

Prof Still Missing in Mt. Rainier 18 Days After Hike

Sam Dubal planned to leave Mt. Rainier National Park on Oct. 10

(Newser) - Rescuers have resumed searching for a University of Washington anthropology professor more than two weeks after he was last seen in Mount Rainier National Park. Sam Dubal, 33, was spotted Oct. 9 as he hiked the Mother Mountain Loop from Mowich Lake Trailhead, per ABC News . He failed to emerge...

Rescuer Thinks Missing Hiker's Story Is Fishy

Sheriff's sergeant says there are red flags in Holly Courtier's account

(Newser) - A crew member involved in the search for Holly Courtier, the hiker who was missing in Utah's Zion National Park for 12 days, doesn't buy her family's account of what happened . Sgt. Darrell Cashin of the Washington County Sheriff's Search and Rescue says the 38-year-old left...

Banksy on His Migrant Rescue Boat: 'All Black Lives Matter'

Artist is on a mission to help migrants in distress in Mediterranean Sea, says EU doesn't care

(Newser) - Street artist Banksy has released a video with a strong political message explaining why he became involved in a search and rescue ship helping migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. "Like most people who make it in the art world, I bought a yacht to cruise the Med," the...

Police Dog Has Memorable First Shift

Max found missing mother, infant on Welsh mountainside

(Newser) - A police dog on his very first shift managed to find a missing mother and infant in under two hours, despite their remote location on the edge of a Welsh mountain. The rookie, a 2-year-old German shepherd cross named Max, jumped into action before noon on Saturday, when Dyfed-Powys police...

Marine Dies, 8 Missing After Amphibious Vehicle 'Mishap'

It happened Thursday during routine training exercise off coast of Southern California

(Newser) - Search and rescue efforts are underway off the coast of Southern California after an incident involving an amphibious assault vehicle left one US Marine dead, two other service members injured, and eight missing. The 1st Marine Expeditionary Force reports the "mishap" during a routine training exercise happened Thursday afternoon,...

Search for Missing Hikers Went On for Week-Plus. Then, Smoke

Couple rescued after 19 days in New Zealand wilderness, with food to last just a week

(Newser) - Two missing hikers have been found alive after 19 days in a New Zealand national forest. Kayak guide Jessica O'Connor and chef Dion Reynolds, both 23, were discovered in a tiny clearing in Kahurangi National Park at the north end of the South Island after a search helicopter spotted...

Runner Breaks Leg, Crawls 10 Hours to Save Himself

Trail runner survives terrifying incident in Washington state

(Newser) - Joseph Oldendorf was running the Duckabush River Trail in Washington state's Olympic National Park Friday night when he slipped on ice and broke his leg—so for the next ten and a half hours, he crawled on hands and knees in below-freezing temperatures until he was finally rescued. Oldendorf...

Man Survives 3 Freezing Weeks After Remote Cabin Burns Down

He made an 'SOS' sign in Alaska wilderness

(Newser) - Tyson Steele says he was stuck in the freezing Alaska wilderness for more than three weeks after making one huge mistake: He put a piece of cardboard in his old wood-burning stove and a spark ignited the roof of a cabin he describes in an Alaska Department of Public Safety...

Lost Snowboarders Burned Homework to Survive

2 teens rescued after night on BC mountain

(Newser) - A teenager in British Columbia is going to have a very good excuse for not having done his homework when he goes back to school: He had to burn it to avoid getting frostbite. The Mounties say two 16-year-old snowboarders became lost in an out-of-bounds area at the Whitewater Ski...

Cops: New Information Alters Search for Missing Hiker

Oregon woman, 20, has not been seen since Sunday

(Newser) - Police searching for a missing hiker in Oregon say they have found "interesting items and clues" that will change the nature of the search—but they wouldn't elaborate any further. The boyfriend of 20-year-old Allyson Joy Watterson told police that they became separated while hiking Sunday in the...

Volunteer Dies During Search for Missing Hiker

California man became separated from search partner on Mount Baldy

(Newser) - The search for a man who went missing on Mount Baldy a week ago has been suspended after the death of a volunteer. Timothy Staples, 32, was one of 126 people in 23 teams searching the California mountain on Saturday, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said in a...

Stranded Family Rescued Thanks to Message in Bottle

They were trapped at top of 40-foot waterfall

(Newser) - When he became stranded at the top of a waterfall with his girlfriend and 13-year-old son, a California man used a message in a bottle to ask for help—and it worked within hours. The trio had been hiking and inner tubing down the Arroyo Seco river in central California...

25 Confirmed Dead in California Boat Fire

Search for survivors will continue overnight

(Newser) - At least 25 people have now been confirmed dead in a horrific fire on a diving boat off southern California early Monday. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Kroll says the search will continue overnight for nine people still missing in one of the worst maritime disasters in the state's...

He Headed Out With a Drone. Then, a Man 'Just Lying There'

Jason Blake Mabee had been missing for 5 days in Maryland woods

(Newser) - A Maryland man who was missing for five days was found severely injured in the woods Saturday with the help of a search party volunteer using his drone, the AP reports. Julian Bustos confirmed to WTTG he was using his personal drone to search for 44-year-old Jason Blake Mabee when...

'Ants Were My Nemesis,' Hiker Lost in Wilderness Says

Other hazards were expected

(Newser) - A drink of good, clean drinking water was Josh McClatchy's first request after being rescued. "It was so refreshing," he said. McClatchy had spent nearly five days fending for himself in the Caney Creek Wilderness of Arkansas after becoming lost on a hike last week. He was...

Lost Hiker Apologizes to Rescuers

Amanda Eller was found in Maui forest after 17 days

(Newser) - Amanda Eller has apologized for putting rescuers' lives at risk when she became lost in a Hawaiian forest and is dialing back her comments about the ordeal being a spiritual experience. Eller, a yoga instructor and physical therapist, spent 17 days in the forest after becoming disoriented on what was...

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