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His Car Plunged Into Freezing River. Siri Played the Hero

'Hey Siri, call 911' helped Gael Salcedo get out of the river alive

(Newser) - A young Iowa man is thanking firefighters and Apple's Siri for getting him out of an icy river alive. Gael Salcedo, 18, was on his way to North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City on Tuesday when he hit a patch of ice and lost control of his... More »

After 12 Nights Lost in Outback, Woman Gets Her Miracle

Tamra McBeath-Riley rescued, but her 2 companions are still missing

(Newser) - An Australian woman is thankful she's now safe and sound after a nearly two-week ordeal lost in the Outback, but the search continues for her still-missing companions. The BBC and ABC Australia report Tamra McBeath-Riley, 52, set out on Nov. 19 with her partner, 46-year-old Claire Hockridge, their friend,... More »

8 Hours After Girl Snatched From Street: 'We Got Her!'

Michael Webb, 51, will serve life in prison for kidnapping

(Newser) - Police officers storm a Texas hotel room with guns drawn before the moment of relief comes. "We got her! We got her!" an officer says as an 8-year-old kidnapping victim emerges from a laundry basket where she'd been told to keep quiet on threat of violence against... More »

Lost Hiker's SOS Sign May Have Saved Her Life

Mary Joanna Gomez, 56, was missing for days in Sequoia National Park

(Newser) - A traveling nurse who was missing for days in a California national park has been found thanks to the SOS sign she constructed out of rocks and tree bark. Mary Joanna Gomez, 56, was found in steep terrain some 3.5 miles from the nearest trail in Sequoia and Kings... More »

She Spent Night in Submerged Car Before Help Arrived

Witnesses rescue elderly woman from vehicle in Florida

(Newser) - An elderly woman was trapped overnight in her car, submerged in a bay in Venice, Fla., before two rescuers arrived by chance. Rob Goodman tells CNN he was kayaking at Higel Marine Park just before sunrise Thursday when he saw the top of a white vehicle in the water. Then,... More »

Stuck Deer Gets Ironic Help

A hunter gives her a leg up out of an empty pool in Germany

(Newser) - With a little help from a hunter, firefighters have freed a deer that got stuck in an empty swimming pool in a German town, reports the AP . The fire service in Wetter an der Ruhr, in western Germany, said it was alerted to the animal's plight on Monday. Five... More »

Missing Crew Members Are Alive in Capsized Cargo Ship

Coast Guard is trying to get them out off the coast of Georgia

(Newser) - Rescuers looking for four missing crew members on an overturned cargo ship tapped on the hull and heard the best possible sound in return—someone tapped back. Now the Coast Guard is working on getting the four men out, reports the Wall Street Journal . "The early indication is they... More »

Thrill-Seeker Shoots Video After Plane Crash

David Lesh filmed as the plane sank into the Pacific Ocean

(Newser) - A pilot and self-professed thrill seeker said Wednesday he was forced to bring his new plane down into the ocean off Northern California as it lost power, recording dramatic videos as he and his passenger treaded water in the chilly ocean awaiting rescue, the AP reports. (See clips here , here... More »

Plane Takes Unfortunate Detour in Bahamas

All 3 people aboard are rescued by fishermen after crash

(Newser) - A fishing crew plying the waters in the Bahamas made an unexpected discovery—a raft with three plane crash survivors. It seems the three men were in a Piper PA-34 en route to Miami when the small plane went down in the ocean about 20 miles off Bimini, reports ABC... More »

Hollywood Villain Becomes Hero in Real Life

Actor Danny Trejo pulls child from overturned vehicle after accident

(Newser) - In the movies, he usually plays the villain. But in the real world, actor Danny Trejo just proved he can play the hero as well. The 75-year-old actor pulled a trapped special-needs child from an overturned SUV in Los Angeles, reports ABC7 . The SUV flipped onto its roof after colliding... More »

He Woke Up Early at a Sleepover. Then He Smelled Smoke

Quick-thinking Jayden Espinosa, 5, saves 13 people from apartment fire

(Newser) - A 5-year-old at a Chicago sleepover is now being hailed as a hero for saving 12 people and himself from an early-morning fire. WPVI reports Jayden Espinosa was sleeping over at his aunt's apartment last weekend, and he woke up Saturday morning while everyone else was still snoozing. Jayden... More »

His Grandma Went Out for Groceries. He Went Over the Ledge

Chinese preschooler falls from 6th-story balcony, caught safely by onlookers

(Newser) - A 3-year-old boy clings to the edge of a sixth-floor balcony. Then his hands give out and, over one agonizing second, he plummets toward the ground. Yet it was a happy ending thanks to onlookers in Chongqing, China, who spotted the boy dangling from an apartment building Monday and rushed... More »

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... More »

Long-Distance Biker Rescues Stranded 73-Year-Old

Man collapsed deep in Oregon's high desert

(Newser) - Long-distance mountain biker Tomas Quinones initially thought the lump he saw near a dirt road in an extremely remote area of southern Oregon was a dead cow, one of several he had seen that week. If he had arrived at the scene much later, it would have been a dead... More »

'Without Thinking,' Selfless Teen Saves Boy Attacked by Pit Bull

Texas' Grant Brown ran at dog, which chased him

(Newser) - Two children sprinted for safety as a loose pit bull lunged at a 6-year-old boy in the driveway of his Texas home Sunday. Hearing the boy's screams as he lay pinned on the ground in Conroe, neighbor Grant Brown instead ran directly at the dog. "I didn't... More »

Bikers Found 2 Dogs. They Were Barking a Frantic Message

87-year-old stuck in mud along Potomac River rescued after pups ran for help

(Newser) - An elderly man in Maryland may want to give his pups an extra treat or two after their barks for help rescued him from mud-mired danger along the Potomac. Per the Washington Post and NBC Washington , the 87-year-old was near Little Falls Dam in Montgomery County with his two dogs... More »

Beachgoers Save a Pod of Stranded Whales

Volunteers help professionals in Georgia rescue

(Newser) - When Georgia Natural Resources workers arrived at a beach on St. Simons Island, they thought the group of people in the water was putting on some sort of dolphin show for beachgoers. "As we got closer, we couldn't believe what we saw," a spokesman said, per CNN... More »

A Newlywed Was Drowning. Then Came the Olympian

Italy's Filippo Magnini credited with saving man in Sardinia

(Newser) - "When I became conscious my first thought was about my husband." A few hours later, newlywed Andrea Benedetto "realized that Filippo Magnini was the man who saved my life." Magnini, an Olympic swimmer for Italy and former world champion in the 100m freestyle, was at Sardinia'... More »

He Saved His Boy. Others Couldn't Save Him

Christopher Schultz remembered as 'a hero' in Minnesota

(Newser) - He saved his 3-year-old boy from drowning, and died in the effort. Christopher Schultz, 31, of Frazee, Minnesota, immediately jumped into the water when his son fell from a bridge while they were fishing at nearby Dead Shot Bay on Saturday, reports the Duluth News Tribune . But Schultz "began... More »

Helicopter Plucks Climbers Near Mount Rainier Summit

Group was stranded for days

(Newser) - A helicopter crew has rescued four climbers from near the summit of Mount Rainier after they had been stranded on the Cascade Mountain peak in Washington for several days. The National Park Service said in a statement that the climbers were suffering from exposure and were taken to hospitals, the... More »

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