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5 Interesting Survival Stories You Should Definitely Know

If you are fond of watching survival themed movies, well youve come in the right article since you will get to be introduced to five interesting survival stories that took place in real life.

The first story goes when five American soldiers volunteered to stand below an exploding nuclear missile on July 19, 1957. They agreed to do it for a science experiment. The test was for a 2KT (kiloton) MB-1 nuclear air-to-air rocket launched from an F-89 Scorpion interceptor. Thankfully, all five of them survived. Read more here for additional information.

The next story is of a six-year-old Chinese boy named Ming Ming. Ming Ming had awakened from his nap and couldnt find his grandfather so he decided to look for him in the 8th-floor window. Ming Ming lost his balance and almost fell from the high building. What saved him you ask? Well Ming Mings ears got stuck in the iron grates preventing his death. He was able to get help when he screamed so hard that passers-by below were able to notice him. His rescuers were able to free him by using a hydraulic pressure expander to force the bars apart and pull Ming Ming back. Read more here for additional information.

On May 26, 2013, tugboat cook Harrison Okene survived being buried alive 100 feet below the ocean surface with just a tiny pocket of air. Reports say that an ocean swell capsized the tugboat when Okene was on his way to the restroom. For the next 60 hours, he got stuck inside the restroom without any food, water, or light and listened to the sounds of sharks scavenging through the ship on his dead crewmates. You can read more here for additional information.

Next up is an unbelievable story of survival. On June 2014, a plane headed for Congo had 18 passengers and two pilots. Although not one of them had any idea that a three-foot-long crocodile was smuggled on board. When the crocodile escaped, it startled one cabin crew member making her run forward, with the other passengers following. The weight shift caused by the panic affected the plane causing it to stall and plummet to the ground. Only one passenger was able to survive the ordeal. You can read more here for an in-depth knowledge.

Our last story is about two good friends Joe Simpson and Simon Yates who climbed the Siula Grande in June 1985. They had to fully rely on their partner since they carried only a little food and camping gears On their way down, Simpson fell and broke his right leg and heel. Yates had to lower Simpson down the mountain using ropes in stages. After several lowerings, they were almost down to the glacier when Yates suddenly felt more weight on the rope and faced with an unseen cliff edge. Yates was in a pinch when he had to decide whether to die alongside his friend or survive by himself. He quickly chose the latter and expected for Simpson to be dead. However, Simpson was able to survive the 50 feet fall into the mountain crevasse. To this date, Simpson and Yates share their survival story through documentaries. You can read more here for additional information.

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