A Pennsylvania man survived 12 hours laying frozen by the side of the road in subzero temperatures because the low temperatures preserved his brain and other organ functions.
The record for surviving the longest without food or liquids is held by someone who was forgotten by three policemen in a holding cell for 18 days.
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.