Check out the Most INSANE Survival Stories! From people being lost at sea to falling from a plane into the jungle, this top 10 list of unbelievable stories of human survival will amaze you!
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8. Steven Callahan
Steven Callahan spent his entire life around boats and is a seasoned inventor and sailor. When he was 29 years old he built a 6.5 meter sloop called “Napoleon Solo” and went out to fulfill his dream of crossing the Atlantic during a sailing competition that would start in the Canary Islands and finish in the Caribbean.
7. The Robertson Family
Not to be confused with the “Swiss Family Robinson” story about a different kind of shipwrecked family, or the cast of Duck Dynasty, the Robertson’s were on a journey to see the world. Or as their patriarch Dougal Robertson said, to see the “University of Life”. Since Mr. Robertson had retired as a merchant navy officer, he and his wife Lyn ran a dairy farm with their 4 children. So to get out of the rural UK, they departed to see the world and go on an adventure on January 27th, 1971.
6. Juliane Koepcke
Now known as “The girl who fell from the sky”, Juliane Koepcke’s story of survival is pretty incredible. Juliane and her mother boarded LANSA Flight 508 on December 24th, 1971, after her prom to meet with her father for Christmas. The flight was only supposed to last about an hour, but around half way through, the plane flew into a thunderstorm and was struck by lightning.
5. Harrison Okene
Harrison Okene truly defied the odds after surviving for 3 days trapped under a sunken ship. The 29-year-old was a chef on a tugboat and was in the bathroom when the boat began to capsize. On May 28th, 2013, rescue divers were sent down to search the sunken vessel miles off the coast of Nigeria.
4. Hiroo Onoda
During World War II, a Japanese soldier by the name of Hiroo Onoda was given an order by his commanding officer before departing on a mission. That order? “No Surrender!” He must stay and fight at all costs. He survived in the jungles of the Philippines for 30 years before accepting that the war was over.
3. The Donner Party
The Donner Party (also known as the Donner-Reed Party) was a group of pioneers, lead by brothers Jacob and George Donner and James Frasier Reed. This party of families travelling in covered wagons represented a new age of promise in American history and they were all hoping to build their fortune in the rich land of California.
2. Sir Ernest Shackleton
Explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and the crew of his Trans-Antarctic Expedition will go down in history as one of the greatest survival stories of all time. Sir Shackleton was already a famous explorer, having reached a record southern latitude on his Antarctic expedition of 1907-09. The next expedition would be to cross Antarctica from sea to sea through the pole.
1. Apollo 13
The United States came very close to losing the astronauts on the Apollo 13 mission. It was supposed to be the 3rd lunar landing attempt but the mission was aborted after an explosion occurred in an oxygen tank.
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