During WWII, a German and British aeroplane shot each other down in Norway, and the crew met and then helped each other survive. Two of them then visited each other several years after the war was over as friends.
A man in Zimbabwe was swallowed by a hippo and managed to survive.
Man survived two days under the sea in a shipwreck, trapped in freezing cold water and breathing from a four foot high bubble of air in an upturned tugboat.
Last year the Star Princess, a Princess cruises ship passed by 3 men drifting in a small boat with no motor in the open sea. The captain confirmed he saw the men through his telescope and then did nothing to help. The boat was later found by the Ecuadorean coast guard with only one survivor. The only survivor is suing the Princess Cruises.
A woman survived a bear mauling by hiking back to her car and driving 4 miles for help, even though her face was partially ripped off and an eyeball was hanging out of its socket.
A father and his autistic son were stranded in the Atlantic ocean. They repeated “To infinity and beyond” to keep track of each other for 15 hours before being rescued.
A man was castaway on an uninhabited island for 4 years and 4 months and survived.
When bitten by a coral snake, a Texas man killed the snake by biting off the snake’s head and using the decapitated body as a tourniquet.
A British tail gunner in WWII jumped out of a plane without a parachute rather than burn to death. He fell 18,000 feet and survived. He was captured and questioned by the Gestapo. They were so impressed, they issued him a certificate verifying the story.
A man endured Mengele removing a kidney without anaesthesia and survived Auschwitz because he was the 201st person in line for a 200-person gas chamber.