10 years ago an eight-year-old boy had his arm bitten off by a shark. His uncle got mad and grabbed the 7-foot-long shark and dragged it to shore. The shark was killed, the arm removed from it’s stomach, and reattached to the boy.
In 1761, 60 slaves were left for dead by the French on a tiny coral reef in the Pacific Ocean only to be rescued 15 years later. 53 died before rescue arrived.
The record holder for most survived lightning strikes, at 7, was struck while operating a truck, inside a ranger station, on two separate occasions after running/driving away from the storm, and immediately after the seventh strike he had to fight off a trout-stealing bear with a tree branch.
Frano Selak survived a train derailing into a river, a bus crashing and falling into another river, falling off a plane whose doors had blown off and living by landing on a hay stack, got hit by a bus, and survived a car explosion twice, and was then lucky enough to win the lottery in 2004.
Bertrand Russell survived a plane crash at the age of 76, in which 19 of the 43 passengers died. Russell survived because he was seated in the smoking section, claiming before the flight that “If I cannot smoke, I shall die.”
A twelve year old girl was the sole survivor of a plane crash that killed all 152 other passengers, including her mother. She floated in the ocean for nine hours before being rescued.
An estimated 165 people rode trains from Hiroshima to Nagasaki and survived both atomic bomb blasts.
A man once wrestled a bear, had his leg mutilated, was left for dead, woke up, set the wound on his own, and crawled over 200 miles for six weeks back to his home town, and then set out to find the men who left him to die.
In 1951, after his plane crashed into the ocean, Clint Eastwood swam 3 miles to safety (along with his pilot).