When the Robertson family was shipwrecked in the Pacific Ocean, the only water they had was poisonous. The mother gave the others enemas to safely hydrate them with it. The family survived for 37 days before rescue.
Three teenagers from Tokelaou who on a drunken dare, stole a boat and got lost adrift on the Pacific Ocean to be found after 51 days. They had barely any food or water, no clothing, no fishing gear, no life vests, and no first-aid kit.
A British sailor in WWII escaped his submarine from depths of 171 feet and managed to get to the surface and survive.
Two German soldiers were trapped in an underground food and supply warehouse for 6 years after retreating troops dynamited the entrance. Polish workers removing rubble discovered them in 1951.
“The soldier and one other survivor of the entombment stumbled bearded, blinded and blubbering from the bunker about a month ago when Polish workers cleared wreckage from the entrance to the depot at Babie Doly, near Gydnia. The second survivor dropped dead of shock on emerging into the daylight. The other said two of his companions committed suicide a few months after they were entombed by German troops who did not know the soldiers were in the depot. The trapped men were believed to have been looting. Two others of the trapped soldiers died of unknown causes, the survivor said. Air entered the tomb through an air vent undamaged by the explosion. Water trickled through cracks and the men had plenty of food. But they lived in darkness after their supply of candles was exhausted two years ago. The trapped men had no tools with which to dig their way out of the concrete bunker, the survivor said. He said they washed in Rhine wine and encased their dead in huge flour sacks. The bodies were almost perfectly mummified.”
In 1944, Lt Leon Crane bailed out of a malfunctioning plane, survived in Alaskan wilderness for 81 days, and walked 120 miles to safety.
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.