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Receding Water Uncovers 'Surreal' Devastation
Receding Water Uncovers
'Surreal' Devastation

Receding Water Uncovers 'Surreal' Devastation

Death toll rises in flooding, which has spread from Germany, and many survivors lack drinking water

(Newser) - The waters have begun to recede in parts of Germany after historic rainfall and flooding, providing a clearer look at the extent of the damage. It's a sight that Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday is "surreal, ghostly," while in Schuld, where the Ahr river overflowed and swept...

Kayaker Rescued 6 Days Into California-to-Hawaii Attempt

Cyril Derreumaux was rescued by Coast Guard

(Newser) - A kayaker who planned an epic 70-day solo voyage from California to Hawaii had to give up just six days in—and leave his kayak behind. Cyril Derreumaux, who set off from Sausalito in his 23-foot ocean kayak on May 31, was rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter around 70...

Coast Guard's Latest Rescue: 3 People, 2 Dogs, Flamingo Floaty

Hollie Spence won't soon forget her 30th birthday

(Newser) - Alaska's Kodiak Island may be best known for bears, but it was a huge inflatable pink flamingo that drew eyes Saturday. Hollie Spence was celebrating her 30th birthday with Nation Sega, 29, his sister Lepa Sega, 23, and Lepa's chihuahua and pug at Monashka Bay near Kodiak when...

With 'Winning Mindset,' He Survived 17 Days in Woods

With family on his mind, Harry Burleigh, 69, never gave up

(Newser) - An Oregon man who failed to return from a fishing trip has been found alive after 17 days lost in the wilderness. Harry Burleigh's wife reported him missing May 7 after he failed to return home the previous day. The Roseburg resident's vehicle was soon located at a...

Ride Turns Into Rescue
Roller Coaster Strands 22

Roller Coaster Strands 22

Ride turns into rescue at Phoenix amusement park

(Newser) - Firefighters safely rescued 22 people who were stuck for about two hours when a roller coaster stalled mid-ride in Phoenix. The cars stopped on a banked curve about 20 feet off the ground on the Desert Storm ride at Castles N' Coasters, CNN reports. "It was scary because we...

15-Month Mission Saves Giraffes on Sinking Island

9 endangered Rothschild giraffes transported on custom-made barge to mainland Kenya

(Newser) - For more than a year, multiple groups have worked together to rescue nine endangered giraffes from a sinking island in a Kenyan lake. On Monday, the final two animals made the milelong journey from their flooded habitat to their new home on the mainland, thanks to the rescuers' patience and...

He Saw a Boy Crash His ATV on TikTok. He Was 800 Miles Away

NH teen Caden Cotnoir helped 12-year-old Trent Jarrett's parents find the trapped boy in W. Va.

(Newser) - Many parents may wish their kids didn't spend so much time on social media, but one West Virginia family is grateful for the TikTok penchant of a teen 800 miles away. On Sunday, 13-year-old Caden Cotnoir of Gilmanton, NH, was watching a livestream of Trent Jarrett, a 12-year-old Caden...

He Rescued a Toddler in 1998, Gets Huge Hug 23 Years Later

Firefighter William Porter meets Jacob Tsukroff, now 26, whom he saved from a house fire

(Newser) - A retired firefighter who rescued a toddler from a house fire 23 years ago had an emotional reunion over the weekend with Jacob Tsukroff, now 26, in upstate New York. Per NBC New York , William Porter was among the responders who showed up at the burning house in Poughkeepsie on...

4 Killed, Scores Rescued in Flooding
4 Killed, Scores
in Flooding

4 Killed, Scores Rescued in Flooding

In Nashville alone, 130 people are pulled from cars, apartments, and homes

(Newser) - Heavy rains across Tennessee flooded homes and roads, prompting officials to rescue dozens of people from houses, apartments and vehicles. Authorities said four bodies were found Sunday in the flood's aftermath. A flash flood emergency was declared overnight by the National Weather Service in Nashville for the city, as...

Driver Loses Control on Bridge, Ends Up Here

2 people, 2 dogs rescued from truck dangling over Idaho gorge

(Newser) - Authorities say a set of camper trailer safety chains and quick, careful work by emergency crews saved two people after their pickup truck plunged off a bridge, leaving them dangling above a deep gorge in southern Idaho, per the AP . Idaho State Police responded to the accident at about 2:...

Rescue by US, Canadian Coast Guards Was, in a Word, Crazy

31 rescued from Nova Scotia fishing vessel amid dark, stormy seas

(Newser) - US and Canadian coast guard officials managed an impressive 12-hour rescue of all 31 crew members from a disabled fishing vessel off Nova Scotia over Tuesday and Wednesday, wrapping up shortly before the vessel sank. The 143-foot Atlantic Destiny was 130 miles from Nova Scotia's southwest coast when it...

Firefighter Who Saw a Light Amid Flood: 'It Was God'

Family of 5 rescued in Kentucky, with help from a tractor

(Newser) - Plenty of people had to be rescued from flood waters in southeastern Kentucky over the weekend, including a woman who suffered a seizure, who was moved to safety in the bucket of a tractor. Eddie Stacy of the Hazel Green Volunteer Fire Department was moving his firetruck out of the...

Man Survives 14 Hours in Pacific Clinging to 'Rubbish'
He Fell Overboard, Swam
Toward a Black Dot, Survived
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He Fell Overboard, Swam Toward a Black Dot, Survived

Cargo ship engineer Vidam Perevertilov was rescued 14 hours later

(Newser) - A Lithuanian man has survived an incredible 14 hours in the Pacific Ocean after falling off a cargo ship during a 3,500-mile supply run. The Silver Supporter's chief engineer, Vidam Perevertilov, felt dizzy after a night shift in the engine room as the ship traveled from Tauranga, New...

Officer Dies Trying to Rescue Teen Who Fell Through Ice

'His example demonstrates the very highest valor,' Ohio AG says

(Newser) - A double tragedy in Ohio: A 16-year-old girl died Tuesday night after falling through lake ice, and a police officer died in the rescue attempt. Ohio Department of Natural Resources police officer Jason Lagore fell in the lake after suffering a medical emergency, believed to be a heart attack, WLWT...

2 Men Broke Lockdown, With Unexpectedly Grave Results
2 Men Broke Lockdown, With
Unexpectedly Grave Results
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2 Men Broke Lockdown, With Unexpectedly Grave Results

They needed a mountain rescuer, and one of the rescuers fell

(Newser) - Two men violated lockdown restrictions in England, with a grave result they likely never anticipated. The Guardian and BBC report the men, from Liverpool and Leicester, traveled to the Kirkstone Pass in the Lake District and were camping when one began experiencing chest pains. The Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team traveled...

Trio Rescued After 5 Weeks on Deserted Island

They had a lovely bunch of coconuts, at least

(Newser) - US Coast Guard officials were conducting a routine air patrol on Monday when they noticed movement on what should've been a deserted island in the Bahamas. It turns out a trio had been living on Anguilla Cay, a tiny chain of islands between the Bahamas and Cuba, since swimming...

Driver Follows GPS, Becomes Stranded for a Week

Shorter route wasn't plowed, turns out

(Newser) - Harland Earls was driving through California's Sierra Nevada, on his way to a birthday party in Truckee last month, when his GPS suggested he turn up ahead for a shorter route. So he left Highway 49 for Henness Pass Road—which does, in hindsight, sound ominous during a snowstorm....

Trapped Miner Knocked 5 Times. He Heard 20 Knocks Back

Workers at mine in Shandong, China, describe ordeal after explosion trapped them for 2 weeks

(Newser) - The explosion happened in an instant. Wang Kang, one of 22 workers trapped some 2,000 feet underground as debris filled the shaft at the under-construction gold mine in China's Shandong province, was sent flying. "It blasted us really far away, and our safety helmets cracked," the...

Missing Man Found Alive After Nearly 3 Weeks

Australia's Robert Weber survived on dam water and mushrooms

(Newser) - It's a day for surprise rescues . A 58-year-old man who went missing in Australia's bushland almost three weeks ago has been found alive, reports AFP . Robert Weber apparently became hopelessly lost after his car got stuck, but he found his way to a dam and survived for 18...

'Successful Rescue Rather Than a Recovery'

A woman was rescued after her vehicle ended up in the Yellowstone River

(Newser) - A Montana Highway Patrol trooper braved near-freezing water and strong currents to rescue a woman whose vehicle was upside down in the Yellowstone River, KCCI reports. Trooper Connor Wager was among the first responders to a rollover crash Thursday near the town of Emigrant. The front end of the vehicle...

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