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.
The Chief Baker on the Titanic “fortified” himself using alcohol and survived the freezing for two hours until he was rescued from the sinking ocean liner.
Only one man survived the 1902 Mount Pelee eruption, which killed 30,000 people, because he’d been thrown in jail the day before and his cell was partially underground. It had thick stone walls, a bomb-proof magazine, and a small slit for breathing with no other windows.
In 2014, a three-year-old girl, Karina Chikitova, survived 11 days in the Siberian wilderness with only her dog for company. She ate wild berries and drank from a river, curling up next to her dog for warmth. She was saved when her dog went back to her village and guided rescuers to her.
Dylan McWilliams, a 20 year-old from colorado, survived a bear attack, a tiger shark attack, and a rattlesnake attack in his lifetime. “I still go hiking, I still catch rattlesnakes, and I will still swim in the ocean”.
A Swedish man survived for 2 months snowed in in his car by eating snow and maintaining his body temperature thanks to the “igloo effect.” The snow insulating his vehicle retained the warmth and 2 months is the upper limit for the amount of time the human body can survive without food.
7 year old Stella Berndtsson drowned in icy water Dec 23 2010. Her body was found after 3½ hours by a rescue helicopter and was taken to hospital. Her body temperature was 13°C/55.4°F. Despite this the doctors succeeded in saving Stella by warming her slowly. Stella made a remarkable recovery.
Stella still lives with her parents and her younger brother on a small island called Lyr ( Pop. 150) on the west coast of Sweden. She don´t remember anything about her accident and has only got minor issues after her accident. Her short term memory is a bit flawed. She has to take medication for epilepsy. And her legs are a bit weak , but she can ride her horse without any problems.
When she woke up for the first time on Jan 6, she was asked by the nurse if she wanted an popsicle and there was two flavours, cola and strawberry. Stella answered with her first words that she wanted strawberries. Now the family celebrates strawberry day every year Jan 6 by eating strawberry ice-cream.
A 75-yr-old woman took shelter from a tornado in her bathtub. The tornado ripped off the roof of her house, lifted the tub out of her bathroom, and deposited it in the woods with the uninjured woman still in it.
Breast milk saved 16 people lost at sea. 2 days after their food ran out a woman told her sister to try her milk. She felt better and offered it to everyone else. The 8 men and 7 women took turns sucking her breasts and were able to survive for 7 more days until currents pushed the boat to shore.