Some situations are so grave and daunting that it may become almost impossible for a human to survive. Such as someone getting his body cut in half after coming in front of a moving train. Or someone falling from airplane thousands of feet above the ground without a parachute. Can you imagine how someone would survive such situations?
Believe it or not, some lucky people have survived these and many other unthinkable and unsurvivable situations. People assumed them to be dead, but they did survive against all the odds. Their stories are so inspiring that these have been adapted into movies.
Here are fourteen such lucky people from around the world who cheated death, some of them evaded death multiple times in a single lifetime. Many still don’t believe that they actually lived to tell their stories to the world because the challenges they faced were anything but ordinary. How else would you explain a seven-year-old girl not only surviving a plane crash but making it to a safe place through crossing a jungle using nothing else but her survival skills? Check out some of the craziest survival stories of people who defied death.
Juliane Koepcke Dived 10,000 Feet into the Amazon Rain forest
When a commercial airplane crashed over the Amazon traveling to Pulcallpa in 1971, Juliane, a teenage girl passenger, miraculously survived the collision. The plane got struck by a bolt of lightning, causing it to collapse into the Amazon, killing off all the passengers except one. Juliane survived as she plummeted freely from ten-thousand feet (approximately 2 miles) while wearing her seat belt, fainting as soon as she landed. The next day, she woke up with many injuries, including a shattered collarbone, a concussion, and multiple wounds.
She survived because of her knowledge gained over the two years she spent at her parent’s research station in the heart of the Amazon. Getting out alive was challenging as there were predator snakes that was camouflage and she was short on food. In addition to that, the climate of the rain-forest didn’t help. Insects like maggots would feed on her wounds. Despite all that was against her, being injured, lost in the middle of the Amazon, she persevered and instinctively follow the closest river walking downstream. She had almost given up all kinds of hope when she came upon a boat next to the river, which she used to reach shelter.
Three men from a nearby village, who emerged from the forest, rescued her and took her to the city for rehabilitation. She got to know that her mother, who survived the crash first, passed away a few days later. She now works in a library as a librarian and even released her book based on her experience, “I Fell From The Sky,” which won her a Corine Literature Prize.