Marshall Mabey was a $1 a day NYC tunnel worker called “Sandmen”. On Feb 19 1916, he was working under the East River where the tunnel was pressurized to prevent cave ins. A crack in the ceiling vented Mabey up through the mud, the East River and 25 feet into the air. He lived and was uninjured.
In 2007, Ewa Wisnerska, a professional paraglider, was sucked into a storm cloud and survived being 10,000 metres in the air without oxygen and subjected to temperatures of -50 °c. after an hour and falling back down to 6,900 metres she came to and was able to fly her way back down to earth.
4 sailors survived at sea off the coast of New Zealand for 118 days after their trimaran, the Rose-Noelle, was upturned by a rogue wave. They cut holes in the hull, collected rainwater, and eventually caught and cooked fish. They were in such good shape upon return many doubted their story.
The ‘Indestructrible’ Nicholas Alkemade survived an 18K ft fall from crashing bomber in 1944 completely unharmed. After WW2 while working at a chemical plant he survived: a 15 min exposure to chlorine gas, being sprayed with sulphuric acid, and having a 9ft steel pole fall on him.
Evans Monsignac, a man who was buried alive for 27 days after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, survived by sipping sewage. After his rescue, he weighed just 40kgs, having shed 27kgs during his ordeal.
The final science exam for 8th grade students in Ketchikan Alaska is a 2 night survival trip on an uninhabited island.
A British Navy Stoker managed to escape from a sinking submarine and get to the surface over a 100 feet up. He then swam five miles to land.
Andreas Mihavecz is an Austrian who was taken into custody and forgotten in his cell for 18 days by policemen. He lost 24 kg (53 pounds) and holds the record of surviving the longest without any food or liquids.
Richard Proenneke left his career as a heavy equipment operator, flew to a remote Alaskan lake, built a log cabin by hand, and lived alone for 30 years.