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The human body can seem incredibly fragile, but the truth is that paired with our powerful drive to survive and amazing bonds with our loved ones, the human condition isn’t at all powerless. People have found ways to overcome some of the most precarious situations imaginable.

Juliane Koepcke’s Amazonian Stay
Juliane, a young German girl living in Peru with her zoologist parents, was traveling with her mother to see her father in a different part of the country. While in the air, the plane was hit by lightning during a severe thunderstorm. The plane imploded, and Juliane fell from the sky while still strapped into her seat.

A Harrowing WWII Escape
Witold Glinski, a WWII Polish war veteran, along with a handful of other prisoners, escaped from a Russian gulag in February of 1941. The group first had to make it through the frozen landscape of a Siberian winter, then through the heat of the Gobi Desert before ascending the Himalayas.

Andes Plane Crash Survivors
In 1972, a small charter plane carrying a rugby team of 45 players and the team’s staff went down in the Andes mountains while on the way to a match in Chile. It was cold and snowy, which slowed down rescue efforts.

The Sinking of The Jacson-4
Harrison Okene was hired as a chef on the ship Jacson-4 which was a fishing schooner. On one of its regular trips out to sea, the boat was rocked by huge waves, and it capsized and sank, sending some members of the crew into the ocean.