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More Than 3 Weeks After Quake, an 'Unexpected Groan'

Alex the husky is pulled out of rubble in Turkey's Hatay province, emaciated but otherwise OK

(Newser) - After a series of miraculous rescues , teams digging through the rubble in the aftermath of last month's earthquake in Turkey and Syria had more or less given up on finding any more survivors. That is, until Tuesday, when an "unexpected groan" emitted from underneath a concrete block pile...

Crews Comb Through Rubble for Survivors of Russian Strike

Ukrainian city's residents call strike terrorism, saying, 'There are no military facilities here'

(Newser) - Ukrainian rescuers were still searching the rubble of an apartment building on Sunday that was struck by Russian missiles , trying to find survivors calling out for help. President Volodymyr Zelensky posted on Telegram that 25 people were killed in the strike, 73 were injured, and 39 rescued, though he said...

A 'Christmas Miracle' for Missing Aussie Teens

4 paddleboarders spent at least 7 hours in Australia's Port Phillip Bay before finding land

(Newser) - A helicopter search for four Australian teenagers who failed to return from a paddleboarding excursion came to a happy end Tuesday when they were found washed up on an island some 20 miles from where they started out. Two men and two women, aged 18 to 19, had set out...

Hikers' Excursion With No Gear, No Plan Didn't Go Well

2 men pleaded guilty to reckless conduct after a daring rescue, were fined $248 each

(Newser) - In June, two hikers in New Hampshire’s Franconia Notch State Park decided to wander off-trail and try their hands at climbing Hounds Hump, a treacherously steep rock face. Per Fox News , their adventure nearly ended in disaster when one got stuck on a ledge and was unable to move,...

Good Boy! Dog Leads Rescuers to Stranded Man

Authorities said Saul the border collie acted in 'true Lassie fashion'

(Newser) - A border collie in California was treated to a fine dinner and extra beef jerky after helping a search and rescue team locate his owner—a hiker who took a very hard fall in Tahoe National Forest last Wednesday. According to KCRA, the 53-year-man tumbled 70 feet off a ridge,...

Crew Members Missing After Typhoon Breaks Up Ship

Rescuers search for 27 in South China Sea

(Newser) - Three crew members were saved in dramatic rescues, but 27 more are missing after a ship broke up in a typhoon in the South China Sea near Hong Kong. Rescuers from the Honk Kong Government Flying Service were dispatched Saturday morning to search for survivors, using helicopters and planes. The...

Search Delayed for Plane in Nepal's Mountains

22 people were aboard flight often taken by foreign hikers

(Newser) - Rescuers zeroed in on a possible location of a passenger plane with 22 people aboard that is feared to have crashed Sunday in cloudy weather in Nepal's mountains, officials said. The Tara Air plane was on a 20-minute scheduled flight from the resort town of Pokhara, 125 miles east...

YouTube Divers Say They Found Man Missing Since 2003

Family called in 'Adventures With Purpose' team

(Newser) - James Amabile was on his way to pick up his daughters from a babysitter in Dec. 2003, and had told the babysitter he was running late. The 38-year-old never arrived, and was never seen again, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Now, a scuba diving team that is dedicated to helping families...

After Theater Bombing, Rescue Services 'No Longer Exist'

With 130 survivors but 'hundreds' still buried in rubble, things still look dire in Mariupol, Ukraine

(Newser) - The search for survivors continued Friday in the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol, where Russian forces have been accused of targeting civilians by bombing a mosque , a maternity hospital , and, most recently, a theater . Lyudmyla Denisova, Ukraine's human rights chief, told the Washington Post that 130 people have been...

Sheriff to Hiker Who Called 911 Twice: Don't Try This Hike Again

Man was helicoptered from Arizona's Humphreys Peak on 2nd attempt to reach summit

(Newser) - A New York man bit off more than he could chew hiking in Arizona last week, prompting two 911 calls in two days. The 28-year-old Brooklyn resident first called 911 before 7pm on Wednesday, saying he'd lost his way while hiking the Humphreys Trail, a nearly 11-mile out and...

They Thought It Was a Drill. Then, 'People Were Running'

Rescue is on for 12 missing after ferry catches fire off coast of Greece

(Newser) - Rescue teams in Greece searched a burning ferry Saturday for 12 people believed to be missing after it caught fire in the Ionian Sea while en route to Italy, while passengers described a frightening evacuation from the ship. After working all night to try to extinguish the blaze that broke...

Rescuers Trek Through Snow, Sleet to Rescue Hawaii Hiker

Hiker, 64, found on Mauna Kea

(Newser) - Rescuers trekked through heavy snow and sleet to find a hiker lost in one of the most dangerous places in Hawaii, the AP reports. Rangers said the hiker registered at the visitor's center for Mauna Kea, Hawaii's tallest peak, before he set off Tuesday morning. But the Center...

Cops Grab Canoe to Save Elderly Man

He was submerged in cold waters off the Connecticut coast

(Newser) - Police officers in coastal Connecticut grabbed a nearby canoe belonging to a private citizen instead of waiting for a police boat when they located a missing elderly man early Tuesday. The Westport officers paddled to the rescue after spotting the man partially submerged off Saugatuck Shores Beach, reports the Hartford ...

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Lost Hiker Did Not Pick Up Calls From Unknown Number

Person spent 24 hours on Colorado's Mount Elbert as a result

(Newser) - A lost hiker who spent 24 hours on Colorado's highest mountain ignored repeated phone calls from a search and rescue crew because they came from an unknown number. The unidentified hiker had set out on the 14,440-foot-tall peak on the morning of Oct. 18 but did not return...

Haiti Crews 'Can Hear People Screaming' in the Rubble

Death toll reaches 304 from magnitude 7.2 earthquake

(Newser) - Crews in Haiti were trying Saturday to reach people trapped in the rubble after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck in the morning, killing at least 304 people. At least 1,800 are injured, the government said. As rescuers worked, at least six aftershocks shook the region, one of which...

Ceremony Ends Firefighters' Search
Ceremony Ends
Firefighters' Search

Ceremony Ends Firefighters' Search

Crews rejoin their families after camping at the site of the collapsed condo building

(Newser) - Firefighters on Friday declared the end of their search for bodies at the site of a collapsed Florida condo building, concluding a month of painstaking work removing layers of dangerous debris that were once piled several stories high. The June 24 collapse at the oceanside Champlain Towers South in Surfside...

Surfside Mission Changes at Midnight
Surfside Mission 
Changed at Midnight

Surfside Mission Changed at Midnight

Families are told of the switch from rescue to recovery

(Newser) - On the 14th day of their search for survivors in the Florida condo collapse, rescuers conceded that they wouldn't find anyone alive in the rubble. And so at midnight, the crews' mission at the Surfside site transitioned from rescue to recovery. The AP reports a "somber moment of...

Condo Searchers Carry On Through Rain, Wind

4 more bodies found, bringing total to 32

(Newser) - The discovery of four more victims in the rubble of a collapsed Florida condominium building raised the death toll to 32, officials said Tuesday as a ramped-up search effort faced new threats from severe weather with Tropical Storm Elsa. Lightning forced rescuers to pause their work for two hours early...

Surfside Crews Plan Demolition for Sunday

Officials want operation to take place before storm hits but have details to work out

(Newser) - Demolition workers plan to bring down the remainder of a collapsed condo building on Sunday ahead of an approaching storm that added to worries that the damaged structure could come down on its own, officials said Saturday. Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, meanwhile, said two more bodies were found in...

Frustrated at Search, Families to Visit Site of Condo Collapse

Death toll has reached 9, officials say

(Newser) - The death toll in the collapse of a condo building in Florida has reached nine, officials said Sunday. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said at a press conference that one person died at the hospital and eight were found at the site of Champlain Towers South in Surfside, CNN...

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