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8 MOST Insane Group Survival Stories

8 MOST Insane Group Survival Stories

8 most insane group survival stories 8. Uruguayan Air Force Crash – Flight 571
A rugby team, their family, supporters, and friends were on a flight to Santiago, Chile,
when their plane crashed on a glacier in the Andes mountains. Of 45 on the flight, 23 survived the crash. In the days and weeks to follow, the crew
members began pillaging the fuselage for shelter materials. They obtained water by harnessing snowmelt
through metal seat components. They also rigged an antenna to a transistor
radio to listen for news. The survivors battled temperatures of -22
degrees Fahrenheit, and a lack of food. They had no communication with the outside
world, but they could hear on a radio that the search parties were called off 10 days
after the crash. After 62 days they were able to send a rescue
party out over a massive peak until they encountered someone who could help and alert authorities. Only 16 of the 23 crash survivors were rescued. 7. Donner Party
The Donner party is known as one of the most spectacular tragedies of the westward emigration
of settlers in the United States history. Two families, the Donner family and Reed family,
set out from the Midwest in 1846. With droves of Americans seeking a new life
out west, some picked up on a shortcut offered by Lansford W. Hastings. However, the worst part of the trip was about
100 miles from California in the high Sierra Nevada mountains. The group of families and wagons endured hardships
typical of the Oregon Trail, but the turning point was an early snowstorm that pinned them
down. Few had the wilderness skills needed to navigate
mountain terrain and wilderness. During the winter of 1846, they encountered
22 feet of snowfall along their journey. They were stuck for four months without food
or supplies. They faced starvation after consuming all
their livestock. Three relief parties made up of experienced
mountaineers helped to locate and evacuate the last remaining members over the course
of two months. Of the 87 party members, only 48 survived
the trip. 6. Pre-colonial Americans: Jamestown
A world without skilled farmers can be a scary place. In pre-colonial America, pilgrims in the Jamestown
colony, near what is now Williamsburg, Virginia, were hit by drought and a severe lack of survival
skills. The struggles began in 1607 when the first
wave of colonists was cut by nearly two thirds as a result of drought and a lack of farming
knowledge. Only 38 of the first 104 settlers made it
beyond the first 9 months. Those who survived owed their lives to the
generosity of the Powhatan Indians. They considered the land too difficult to
cultivate for farming, but the colonists didn’t understand. Instead, they relied heavily on supply ships
from England. Colonists had their sights on the potential
for future industry and ports instead of harsh soil of the swampy land surrounding them with
brackish water. Two years later, tensions with the local tribe
intensified. While the colony swelled to 214 pilgrims,
they still struggled to pull through. A supply ship from England ended up way off
course and got stranded in Bermuda. They soon ran out of food and supplies and
hadn’t learned to sow crops. In 1609-1610 disease and starvation ran through
the colony in what became known as the “Starving Time.” As a result, the colony resorted to eating
snakes or livestock, and even boiling shoes to survive until the supply ship finally made
it to the colony – 9 months later. By then, only 60 of the colonists survived
to receive the ship. 5. In October 2010, a massive rock 45 stories
tall weighing two times as much as the Empire State building tumbled through a mine shaft,
causing a chain reaction that toppled structural components, rock, and debr is. The force trapped 33 Chilean miners inside. The men retreated to a refuge within the mine
about the size of a small classroom with provisions for 25 men intended for 2 days. And only 10 bottles of water. They rationed the meals to 300 calories each
per 24-hour period. And they scavenged water from nearby machinery
cooling system components. For several days, the world outside watched
– nearly 1 billion people – as drilling experts from around the world joined forces
to bore through the monolith to retrieve them. More than a dozen drilling attempts failed
to reach them. Then, on day 17, drilling crews sent a 4.5”
pilot hole that broke through to their location. Rescuers used the hole to send small provisions
until they could drill a large enough hole to extract every miner. Finally, 69 days after the initial collapse,
the last man was lifted to the surface. 4. Thai Soccer Team
In the summer of 2018, a team of 12 young boys and their soccer coach finished their
soccer practice and decided to check out some local caves. They planned to be gone for about an hour,
but soon after entering the cave, rainfall began to flood their exit. The rain continued and as flood waters rose,
their exit closed in. They were trapped. The team ate prior to their practice, but
for the next 9 days, they would go without food. They relied on water from stalactites to survive
and tried not to think about food. Desperate to get out, the boys took turns
digging on the cave walls to try and find a way out. They were instructed to meditate and conserve
energy. When word got out about the team, the world
tuned in as experts and divers did what they could to locate and save the boys. After 18 days, the last member of the team
was extracted safely by highly trained SEAL team experts. 3. Angel of the sea
In 2001, a group of 13 migrants from the Dominican Republic set out on a 24-foot handmade raft
headed for a chance at a new life in Puerto Rico. However, they realized somewhere along their
100-mile journey that their compass was bad. As their food and water were depleted, they
knew they were facing the risk of becoming lost at sea. By the fifth day, they were out of fuel, food,
and water. However, one member of the group offered herself
up to the others. Kind of. She was nursing a baby and offered her breast
milk to the group. Each took turns, small amounts at a time,
feeding on her breast milk. The group survived 7 more days on nothing
but rations of breastmilk. When they noticed signs of the shore, they
began to paddle and work the gulf tides until they could get the raft back ashore. The woman, Faustina Mercedes, is now known
as the “Little Angel of the Sea.” 2. Apollo 13
On April 11, 1970, astronauts John Swigert, Fed Haise, and James Lovell launched from
the Kennedy space station at Merit Island in Florida. Nearly 56 hours after launch, an explosion
derailed the mission. They lost pressure, electricity, light, oxygen,
and heat. Back on earth, nearly 200,000 miles away,
NASA engineers and scientists worked day and night to get the astronauts home. The crew endured another 88 hours of cold
in cramped conditions and sparse resources. The airtight conditions created more problems
as the act of breathing would soon asphyxiate them. NASA scientists repurposed materials to create
a filter and buy enough time to keep them alive through re-entry. They shut equipment down to reserve power
and had to rely on dead reckoning to steer the lunar module back to earth. Without the aid of ground crews, improvisation,
and skilled pilots, the mission would have been a total failure. Six lunar missions were completed safely prior
to the Apollo 13 mission, and 8 were completed successfully after. Apollo 13 is known as the greatest space rescue
mission on record. Glanton Family
A family out for a winter drive intent on a fun-filled day in the snow accidentally
rolled their Jeep in the high desert of Nevada in December 2013. The vehicle slid down an embankment a good
distance off the main road. They were stranded 24 miles from the nearest
town with a storm on the horizon. Efforts to signal a plane failed twice and
quickly realized they’d need to hunker down until rescue crews arrived. Luckily, their knowledge of survival skills
allowed them to survive for more than two days and two nights of temperatures reaching
-21 degrees Fahrenheit. The group, made up of a man and woman, their
two kids, and two cousins, survived by lighting fires, heating rocks, and storing them in
the spare tire. They were also prepared with thick winter
clothing, extra food, and water for the trip. Rescuers were able to locate them quickly
because they sheltered in place, and they’d told others their travel route. When they didn’t arrive as planned to their
destination, authorities were notified right away. A search party of more than 200 people mobilized
and combed the 6,000-square-mile region until they were located and returned home safely.

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