In WWII, when his submarine sank, John Capes swam 170 ft to the surface and swam 5 miles to shore. Then he hid from Italians for 18 months before escaping to Turkey.
Frane Selak, an 85 year old, narrowly survived a train crash which killed 17, being blown out of a plane which killed 19, a bus accident which killed 4, 2 car explosions, being hit by a bus, and narrowly avoided being hit by a truck, TO THEN go on and win the lottery.
A father and son survived a Megatsunami (1700′ wave) by riding out the wave in their Alaskan fishing boat.
In 2009 a skydiving instructor named Dave Hartsock took a 54 year-old woman on a tandem skydive. After the main chute failed and the 2nd got tangled he told the woman to lift her feet. He then saved her life, by rotating their position, placing his body under hers to act as a cushion on impact. They both survived.
In 2008 a dog named Sophie Tucker survived 4 months lost at sea off the coast of Australia. She fell overboard while sailing in bad weather with her owners. She then swam 5 nautical miles in stormy, shark-infested waters, to an island where she survived for 16 weeks by hunting wild goats.
After an 8.0 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico City, nearly all newborn babies survived a collapsed hospital. They are known as “Miracle Babies” for surviving 7 days without nourishment, water, warmth or human contact.
While exploring the newly discovered Yellowstone, Truman Everts got separated from the group. His horse then ran away with supplies, he fell on his campfire, fell hip deep into a geyser, and was finally found crawling months later with frostbite weighing a mere 55 lbs.
In 1945, a B-25 bomber pilot crashed into the Empire State Building’s elevator shaft, snapping the cable. By the time the carriage reached the bottom, a thousand feet of cable had piled up beneath it acting like a spring, which allowed the lone occupant in the car to escape injured but alive.
There was a woman who survived a gas chamber, three Nazi concentration camps, testing by the infamous Nazi Doctor Josef Mengele, a death march, and shared a barracks with the dying Dutch teenager Anne Frank.
In this insane Russian dashcam video, an unidentified pedestrian demonstrated incredible survival instinct while avoiding being hit by a car.