An airplane crashed into the Empire State Building in 1945. Among other damage, plane parts severed the cables for an elevator and the woman inside fell over 70 stories. She lived and holds the world record for the longest survived elevator fall.
Finland’s current president was in Thailand during the 2004 tsunami. He survived by climbing up an utility pole with his son.
A three year old Russian girl survived 11 days in Siberian taiga forest by drinking from a creek and eating berries while being protected by her dog which went to get help after nine days and returned with rescuers.
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.