Survival tales: Stories of people who got lost in the wilderness and survived

Australian tourist rescued from Sarawak national park after almost two weeks of search

Australian tourist Andrew Gaskell, who went missing in Mulu National Park in Sarawak, was found alive on Oct 31, 2016.

Search and rescue teams had combed the Mulu summit in an effort to find Mr Gaskell, who had been missing since Oct 20 after embarking on a solo trek.

More than 60 personnel were involved in the search-and-rescue effort, including those from the Fire and Rescue Department, the police, the civil defence force, as well as Sarawak Forestry rangers.

The Mulu National Park, a Unesco world heritage site, has networks of vast caves, underground rivers and steep mountains, as well as sharp limestone walls.


Indonesian found alive and naked in Lake Toba two days after chopper crash

A missing Indonesian man was found alive, naked and floating in a huge volcanic lake on Oct 13, 2015, two days after the helicopter in which he was travelling crashed.

The man, named in local reports as Fransiskus Subihardayan, was rushed to hospital after being found conscious but very weak, and wearing only a black watch, in Lake Toba, into which the aircraft is believed to have plummeted, on western Sumatra island.

The survivor, in his 20s, was one of five people aboard the Eurocopter EC-130 when it disappeared Sunday during a short flight from Samosir island, a popular tourist spot on the lake, to the city of Medan.


Man, 62, survives on ants for six days in remote Australian desert after going missing

A man missing for six days in a remote Australian desert in searing heat without water was found on Oct 13, 2015, after surviving by eating black ants, the police said.

Mr Reg Foggerdy, 62, disappeared on Oct 7 heading to the Shooter's Shack camp near Laverton in the West Australian Goldfields, some 950km north-east of Perth, on a hunting trip.

When he failed to return, family members raised the alarm and a search by police trackers finally found him 15km from where he went missing.


Lost hiker found after 45-hour search by more than 200 police, NParks and PUB officers

A 76-year-old man who lost his way while hiking was found near Upper Peirce Reservoir on Sept 7, 2015, after a 45-hour search by the authorities.

Mr Ng Kang Leng had planned to walk from Dairy Farm Road towards MacRitchie Reservoir - his first time doing so - on Saturday afternoon (Sept 5).

After he lost his bearings, he called the police for help at about 6.50pm, but was unable to give specific details of his whereabouts.


2 missing orang asli children found alive in Malaysia, but severely malnourished

Two orang asli children missing in the jungles of the Malaysian state of Kelantan since August were found alive on Oct 9, 2015, in a miraculous twist.

Seven children aged between seven and 11 were reported missing on Aug 23, all believed to have lost their way in the Tohoi forest reserve while walking home from school.

So far, only two of the children have been found alive.


Autistic child found after 4 days in Australian bush; police say his survival is a miracle

An autistic boy who went missing four days ago at an Australian camping ground was found alive on Tuesday, with the police describing his survival in the dense forest as a "miracle".

Luke Shambrook, 11, was spotted by a police helicopter walking in rugged terrain 3km from the Lake Eildon National Park campsite where he was last seen on Friday.

He was picked up by paramedics and taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia and dehydration.


US man rescued after 66 days missing at sea: coast guard

A US man missing at sea for more than two months was celebrating a miraculous rescue on Thursday after being picked up by a passing ship and airlifted to dry land, the US Coast Guard said.

Louis Jordan, 37, who was reported missing on January 29, told family members he had survived by catching fish with his hands and drinking rain water, according to the Coast Guard.

He was spotted drifting on his stricken sailboat approximately 322 kilometres off the coast of North Carolina by the German-registered Houston Express tanker and taken aboard.


Two-year-old survives night in plantation full of snakes in Malaysia

A two-year-old boy survived a night alone in a snake-infested rubber plantation in the interior Tenom district.

Healezry Zeandfly Henderi was found sleeping in a narrow path of a thick undergrowth at 10.25am yesterday, about 18 hours after he was reported missing.

Apart from a minor scratch on his cheek, Healezry was generally doing well although he was weak and frightened when he saw firemen approaching him in the hilly terrain rubber plantation about 300m from his house in Kg Kuala Tolokoson.


US teen survives 48 hours lost in Swiss Alps

A 19-year-old American student who disappeared over the weekend while skiing in the Swiss Alps was rescued Tuesday, alive but suffering from hypothermia, police said Tuesday.

After searching for more than 48 hours, rescuers finally found the US teen, who went missing while skiing off-piste Sunday near the Diablerets resort in southern Switzerland, police in the canton of Vaud said in a statement.

"The man was found conscious, in a state of hypothermia and exhaustion, and stuck waist-deep in the thick blanket of snow," the statement said, describing his survival as "miraculous".


Missing NIE student was lost in Cambodia mountain for a week before he was found

National Institute of Education student Sanjay Radakrishna, 26, who went missing in Cambodia last week, survived for about a week in the mountain without food.

What was supposed to be a simple day trip up the mountain took a turn for the worst when he slid off a wet path on his way down Phnom Aural in Kampong Speu.

After the fall, he got lost in a forested area because the battery of his mobile phone went flat and he could not access its GPS function to figure out which direction to walk. To find his way down the mountain, he followed the path of a waterfall and walked west, in the direction of the sunset.


Woman survives 17 days lost in Australian rainforest

A woman missing for more than two weeks in a rugged Australian rainforest has stumbled out alive after surviving a chase by a crocodile and eating small fish, officials and reports said.

Shannon Fraser, 30, went missing on Sept 21 near the remote Josephine Falls in Queensland state after becoming disorientated, wearing just leggings, a shirt and flip flops.

She was spotted by a banana farmer on Wednesday, covered in cuts, welts, bruises and insect bites, the Brisbane Courier-Mail reported.


Puppy leads rescuers to girl, 4, lost in Siberian forest roamed by bears

A four-year-old girl was recovering in hospital Wednesday after being lost for nearly two weeks in a forest in the Russian far north with only her puppy to defend her.

Karina Chikitova was found emaciated but alive at the weekend, having survived 11 days in the Siberian wilderness in freezing night-time temperatures with only berries to sustain her in what rescuers said was nothing short of a miracle.

The little girl had left her tiny village in the Sakha republic with her dog on July 29 to go and stay with her father who lived in a neighbouring hamlet.


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