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5 Most Amazing Wilderness & Ocean Survival Stories
Mother Nature is unforgiving and life on this planet is a fragile thing. Here one minute and gone the next in the blink of an eye. Despite this however, from time to time people can show a resilience when facing dire circumstances that is nothing short of extrodianry. These are the 5 most amazing wilderness & Ocean survival stories.
It started as a promising adventure. Yossi Ghinsberg’s dream was to hike into uncharted areas of the Amazon rainforest, the thought of discovering places that may never had been seen by man, was something he thought would be spectactular. In 1981 at the age of 21 – After serving in the Israeli Navy, he heading out to South America to make his dream become a reality. Along the way, he met some new friends, Marcus Stamm from Switzerland; Kevin Gale, an American photographer; and Karl Ruprechter, an Austrian who claimed to be a geologist in search of an indigenous tribe and that he knew how to get them into the jungle. Despite hardly knowing each other, the four set out on foot for the remote heart of the Amazon jungle.
It was October 1982; Debbie Kiley was a 26-year old sailor who went out to sail with four other friends on a routine trip from Maine to Florida. From the onset, Debbie noticed there was something wrong. The skipper was lazy, two men on the boat kept bickering and the boat, a 58-foot sailing yacht called the Trashman wasn’t properly maintained. They made a stopover in Annapolis, Maryland and It was here on their next leg when they were caught in a fierce storm. The boat was tossed in strong 60-knot winds and huge 40-50 feet swells. They barely had time to let the coast guard know they were having trouble let alone inflate a life raft when the yacht sank in open waters. For the next five days, the five survivors clung onto a dinghy and one by one, they succumbed to their deaths.
Joe Simpson & Simon Yates
For Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, the mountains were home. The two young friends were in Peru in 1985, climbing the remote Siula Grande. Simpson was 25 years old and Yates was 21 at that time. The two reached the summit two days after leaving base camp. But they say getting up is always easier then coming down. The next day while decending, Simpson slipped and fell. The impact was so severe he immediately knew he broke his leg and by then he thought he was as good as dead. Being a climber, he knew it would be near impossible to find help and be rescued up in the mountains. Simpson would say that Yates should have left him but instead he tried to help him go down the mountain.
Part of the Norwegian resistance, Jan Baalsrud was trained by the British in Special Operations, to assist in helping free his country. On March 24, 1943, Jan, with 10 other comrades, sailed aboard a 75-foot fishing vessel named the Brattholm on a mission to destroy a German air control tower. The group was given the name of a storeowner to contact but what they didn’t know was that their real contact had died and the replacement was someone whose sympathies were with the Germans. Soon after landing, the Germans ambushed the Brattholm. The ship was filled with explosives for the mission and since their cover was blown, the men decided to detonate the explosives hoping to buy some time for them to escape.
Jose Salvador Alvarenga
Jose Alvarenga was a fisherman last seen sailing with another fisherman named Ezequiel Cordoba on November 18, 2012. Jose had meant to go with his usual partner, out off the coast of Mexico, but he cancelled at the last minute. Aboard the 25-foot boat, the men managed to capture their fill of fish, but that’s when their luck ran out. After being hit by a storm, they were blown off course. Jose radioed for help just before all electronics stopped functioning – soon after that their engine died as well. As the storm grew stronger, they were forced to dump their catch in desperate attempt to stabilize the boat. The boat was tossed around while the two men took turns frantically bailing water.
so there were the 5 Most Amazing Wilderness & Ocean Survival Stories
Surviving the elements takes grit, strength and a lot of luck. But more then any of those, as these men and women have shown, it takes a determination and a will to push on, no matter how dire the situation may seem.