In 2016 a British reality show about surviving the wilderness of the Scottish highlands, but was cancelled after 4 episodes. The producers decided not to tell contestants that the show had been cancelled and allowed them to continue living in the wilderness for over a year to no end.
In 1954, Ernest Hemingway survived two plane crashes in two days.
After the second crash, the writer was presumed dead, but walked out of the jungle the next day, still holding a bottle of gin.
There is a man called José Salvador Alvarenga who holds the Guinness World Record for longest time being lost at sea. He was lost for 438 days in a boat that was about 7 meters long and almost one meter wide. He survived by eating raw fish, turtles and birds and by drinking rain water.
In 2005 a woman in Arkansas survived hitting parking lot asphalt face-first during her first solo jump after her main chute failed and reserve malfunctioned, only to learn during surgery that she was pregnant. The baby also survived.
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.