5 Most Amazing Survival Stories

POSTED BY Heather Johnson, UPDATED ON February 7th, 2023
Most Amazing Survival Stories

Human beings are very resilient when it comes to survival. There is a book written by Sanjay Gupta entitled Cheating Death. There is one line from the book that says,

“Death is not a single event but a process that may be interrupted or even reversed.”

That line is very true because there have been millions of cases where people have defied the odds and survived extreme circumstances. Below are five of the most amazing survival stories that are authentic:


Eric LeMarque

Eric LeMarque

In March of 2003, Eric LeMarque (a French Olympic hockey team member) decided to go snowboarding in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Little did he know that a snowstorm would make his experience very unpleasant. A ski patrol tried to get everyone off of the mountain before the snowstorm came.

However, Eric was addicted to meth at the time and missed the signal. He was forced to spend eight days in the snow caves (he even used his mp3 radio signals as a compass). Even though he survived, doctors were forced to amputate both of his feet due to frostbite. Eric is known meth-free as a result of the incident.


Aron Ralston

Aron Ralston

On April 26, 2004, Aron Ralston decided to go hiking in the Little Blue John Canyon in Nevada. At some point, Aron fell off of the canyon and a boulder fell and crushed his arm. No one knew where he was, and he did not have a cell phone to contact anyone. He had to spend the next five days sipping on small amounts of water to survive. He finally decided to take extreme measures and amputate his trapped arm with a knife.

After he amputated his arm, he spent the next six hours hiking until he came across a family. The family called the paramedics, and Aron was taken to the hospital. Even though Aron lost his arm, he did not lose his sense of adventure. He is still an avid hiker and climber.

His incredible survival story was later depicted in the 2010 film 127 Hours. James Franco played Aron’s character in the film which garnered universal critical acclaim. 


Clifton Vial

Clifton Vial

Clifton Vial was driving about 40 miles outside of Nome, Alaska when his truck became lodged in a drift. It was too cold for him to dig his truck out of the drift, so he was forced to stay inside the truck.

He spent 60 hours in the truck and survived by drinking three cans of Coors Light. Luckily his co-workers discovered him after he did not show up for work. Although, he lost sixteen pounds, but did not suffer any serious complications.


Ricky Megee

Ricky Megee

Ricky Megee was trying to be a Good Samaritan when he gave a group of men a ride. However, his plan backfired when one of the men drugged him, took his car, and left him outside of a Western Australian outback.

Ricky survived by eating insects, lizards, and frogs. He was discovered 71 days later by a family on a cattle farm.


Tami Oldham Ashcraft

Tami Oldham Ashcraft

In 1983, Tami Oldham Ashcraft and her fiancé were hired to deliver a yacht to San Diego. The trip was supposed to take 31 days and on day two, Hurricane Raymond developed.

Tami’s fiancé was swept overboard and her boat broken in half, but Tami was able to make a makeshift mast and sail from whatever was left and plotted a course to Hawaii. The trip was 1500 miles long and took 41 days. Tami survived by consuming limited amounts of food and water that she collected from the wrecked boat.

The lesson which we all can get from these amazing tales of survival is that, if you are going on an adventure holiday it is important to make sure you take proper precautions and inform your close ones before setting off for the journey.

Did you like our list of the most amazing survival stories? Let us know in the comments below!


  1. vadid says:

    My choice for the “best survival story” – for real – is Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor” a true account of a lone survivor almost unbearably harrowing with the added poignancy of his being a poor Columbian worker on a government vessel rather than a thrill seeker.

  2. Cellinda_10 says:

    Unbelievable stories of courage, but for me above all is one story that hasn’t been mentioned -the 1972 plane crash in the Andes told in the book “Alive” and most recently written beautifully by the heroic survivor Nando Parrados in his 2006 book “Miracle in the Andes” …indisputably a tragic and triumphant tale.

  3. Sumitran Robert says:

    Great and interesting survival stories

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