There was a Jewish boxer named Salamo Arouch imprisoned at Auschwitz. While there, he was forced to fight bouts against other prisoners, the losers of which were sent to the gas chambers or shot. He survived over 2 years and 200 bouts, eventually being released when the camp was liberated.
A window washer in New York survived a 47-floor fall by hanging onto the aluminum platform, which rode the air like a surfboard creating wind resistance that slowed his descent. He now walks 1-2 miles every day and has finished a 5k charity event.
The longest anyone has ever survived in a shipwrecked raft was 133 days by a Chinese man named Poon Lim. He survived the ordeal by fishing, drinking bird blood, and killing a shark with a jug of water. He died exactly 23 years ago at the age of 72.
A sea-kayaker was once trapped on a remote Australian island for 2 weeks due to an enormous saltwater crocodile.
A man who was lost in the woods chopped down some power lines so that workers would have to come and rescue him.
Bear Grylls admits that one his most spectacular scars is from a time when he was baking a pizza in his kitchen naked, he leaned in too far when pulling it out and got burned across the chest by the hot oven rack.
Steven Callahan spent 76 days at sea while he drifted 1,800 perilous miles across the Atlantic in a rubber raft, battling starvation, thirst, sharks and storms. He later became the technical adviser for the acclaimed movie Life Of Pi.
As a 2.5 year old girl, Michelle Funk fell into a creek and was submerged for 66 minutes. When rescuers arrived she didn’t have pulse and was not breathing. 3+ hours after that, her blood was warmed. When it reached 77 degrees F. she came back to life and is still living to this day.
In 2005, a woman performing her first solo skydive jump survived a parachute malfunction which caused her to slam face first into a parking lot at 50 MPH. During surgery doctors discovered she was pregnant. She made a full recovery and the baby was fine.
In Paris in 2010 an 18 month old infant fell from a 6th story window, bounced off the awning of a cafe below, and was then caught, unharmed, by a doctor who happened to be walking by.