Incredible stories of human survival

Incredible stories of human survival

There are people who, thanks to luck and resourcefulness, defied nature and survived in the most difficult conditions. Here are their stories, which, although they seem incredible, are real.

1. Anna Bagenholm - came to life after freezing11

Anna Elisabeth Johansson Bagenholm (Anna Elisabeth Johansson Bågenholm) - a girl radiologist who survived an accident in 1999 after spending 80 minutes in icy water under a layer of ice.

At this time, her body temperature dropped to 13.7 ° C, and this is the lowest temperature at which a person survived during hypothermia.

Anna slid down a steep slope, but lost control and fell headfirst into a frozen stream near a waterfall. The girl’s head and torso were under water under a 20-centimeter layer of ice, while her legs and skis remained above the ice.

Anna found an air pocket between ice and water and was able to breathe for 40 minutes. Her rescue from the water took 80 minutes, and when she was pulled out, Neene had signs of life. After she was taken to the hospital, the girl was tried to reanimate, and only after 3 hours her heart began to beat again.

She was alive and paralyzed, but gradually recovered.Doctors claim that she managed to survive due to the fact that her body fell into a state of "hibernation."

2. Mauro Prosperi - survived 9 days in the Sahara desert12

Marathon Mauro Prosperi survived in the Sahara desert for more than a week without water and food. During the marathon in Morocco, because of a sandstorm, he lost his way and walked about 300 kilometers in the wrong direction.

Mauro drank his urine to survive, walked only in the morning and evening, and rested during the day. He found a small chapel, caught some bats and drank their blood (the meat of the bat would have caused even more dehydration).

The marathon runner even tried to commit suicide, wrote a note to his wife and cut his veins, but his blood thickened and coagulated.13

This became a sign for the man, and he decided to continue his journey. 5 days after they left the chapel and 8 days of using almost the same urine, he found a small oasis, and two days later Mauro was found by nomads who took him to a military camp and then to the hospital. During this time, he lost 18 kg of weight.

3. Vesna Vulovich - stewardess, surviving after a fall from a height of 10 thousand meters14

Vesna Vulovich was not supposed to fly that flight, but due to the fact that her name was confused with the name of another flight attendant, she was on board. On January 26, 1972, the Yugoslav Airlines DC-9 plane departed from Copenhagen to Belgrade via Zagreb.On board were 28 passengers and crew members. At an altitude of 10,160 meters in the luggage compartment of the aircraft a bomb exploded. Presumably, it was a terrorist act.15

The plane collapsed and fell in the mountains, which led to the death of 27 people. The only survivor was flight attendant Vesna Vulovich, who was at the tail of the aircraft.

The catastrophe led to a fracture of the skull, legs, three vertebrae, one of which was crushed, due to which her body was paralyzed from waist to legs.

Vulovich spent several months in the hospital, but after the operation she was able to walk again.

Her name was entered into the Guinness Book of Records as a man who survived the longest fall without a parachute.

4. Frane Selak - seven accidents, one lottery win16

Croatian music teacher Frane Selaka can be called either very lucky or very unlucky person. He survived seven accidents, and he always managed to escape death.

His adventures began in January 1962, when Selak was on a train to Dubrovnik, which slid off the rails and fell into an icy river, killing 17 passengers. The man got off with a broken arm, small cuts and bruises.

A year later, when Selak was flying from Zagreb to Rijeka, the plane's door suddenly opened, and passengers were carried away from the plane, as a result of which 19 people died. However, Selak landed on a haystack and woke up a few days later in the hospital with minor injuries.

In 1966, the third accident occurred when he rode a bus that crashed and fell into the river. Four people died, but Selak again managed to survive.

In 1970, Selak was driving, when suddenly his car caught fire. He managed to get out of the car, before the gas tank exploded. Three years later, another man’s car caught fire again, which caused him to lose most of his hair.

In 1995, Selak was in Zagreb when he was hit by a bus, but again the Croat got off with only minor injuries. The following year, when he was driving along a mountain road, he at the last moment avoided a collision when a truck was driving on him. The man jumped onto a tree and was able to watch his car, which exploded 90 meters below him.

In 2003, 81-year-old Selak won 600,000 pounds in the lottery.

5. Roy Sullivan - 7 times struck by lightning.17

It is said that lightning never strikes the same place twice.However, American forester Roy Sullivan lightning struck 7 times, and he was able to survive.

In 1942, the first lightning struck Sullivan’s leg, causing a nail on his thumb to come off. In 1969, after a second lightning strike, his eyebrows burned, and he lost consciousness.

In 1970, the third zipper led to a shoulder injury. In 1972, his hair caught fire from a lightning strike, and he knocked over a bucket of water to cool himself.

In August 1973, a lightning bolt tore off his hat and hit him on the head, his hair caught fire again, he was thrown out of the truck and the left boot was torn off.

In June 1975, the sixth lightning strike led to an ankle injury, and in 1977 the last lightning strike ended with a burn of the chest and abdomen. His wife was also struck by lightning once when she was hanging laundry in the yard. In September 1983, Roy Sullivan died at the age of 71, committing suicide because of unrequited love.

6. Joe Simpson - fell into an ice crevice and was chosen for three days18

Joe Simpson was one of two British mountaineers who climbed the 6344 meter summit of Sioula Grande in the Peruvian Andes.

An accident happened on the way down when Simpson broke his leg. His partner, Simon Yates (Simon Yates) decided to tie his friend to the cable, going down with him.But at some point he had to cut the cable and Simpson fell down 30 meters into an ice crevice.

Surprisingly, Simpson survived a fall and crawled for three days to camp.

Joe Simpson later wrote the book "Touching the Void" about his experience, which was filmed for the documentary.

7. Anatoly Bugorsky - survived after a particle accelerator beam passed through him19

In 1978, Anatoly Bugorsky was a researcher at the Institute of High Energy Physics in Protvino, Moscow Region. He worked with the largest Soviet particle accelerator, the U-70 proton synchrotron. On July 13, 1978, Bugorsky checked the defective piece of equipment, and when he leaned toward him, a proton ray passed through his head.

Bugorsky said that the flash was "brighter than a thousand suns", but he did not feel pain. The radiation dose was 200,000 rad at the entrance and 300,000 rad at the exit. It was believed that the radiation dose of 500-600 glad able to kill a person. Bugorsky was taken to a hospital in Moscow, where they expected him to die.

However, the scientist survived, and was able to even defend his thesis. The incident did not affect his intellectual abilities, but he lost his hearing in his left ear, and the left side of his face was immobile due to the destruction of nerves. Bugorsky can work normally, but occasionally he has epileptic seizures.

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    Incredible stories of human survival

    Incredible stories of human survival

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