Drama in Real Life: A Collection of Reader’s Digest’s Most Gripping Survival Stories
Can’t get enough of the heart-stopping survival stories in Reader's Digest's Drama in Real Life section? You’ll be on the edge of your seats as you’re drawn into these dramatic tales of everyday people suddenly cast into life or death situations.
Michael Lythcott and Stacey Eno’s scooter ran off the road, leaving them broken, bleeding and trapped in a Balinese jungle. Worse: no one knew. Then Michael, hours from death, got a signal on his phone.
Unstoppable wildfires are becoming the new normal. In 2018, an inferno that reached 1,500 degrees Celsius left a trail of destruction and death in Northern California. Here’s the truly terrifying story of the people trapped in the flames.
Ordered to abandon ship in heavy weather, a badly injured second officer survives for nearly 40 hours in churning seas off Thailand.
Her climbing rope had malfunctioned. Now, 275 metres above the floor of Wyoming’s Death Canyon, Lauren McLean clung to a ledge barely wide enough to support her broken body. And a storm was rolling in. A Reader’s Digest classic, originally published in 2014.
Illustration: Kagan McLeod
Mountain climbers often fall through cracks in the ice, but those who survive haven’t fallen a long way, aren’t by themselves and aren’t injured. John All was all three.
Photo: Courtesy Molei Wright
A devastating collision left Molei Wright’s head attached to her shoulders by nothing but skin and muscle. The odds of surviving the condition, known as internal decapitation, are one in 100.
Illustration: Steven P. Hughes
When Jeremy Sutcliffe decapitated the poisonous snake, he assumed that would be the end of it. He was wrong.
Photo: Alexander Gronsky
After crash landing in the frigid waters of the Davis Straight, Russian helicopter pilot Sergey Ananov must battle severe hypothermia, crushing fear and one very persistent predator.
Photo: Veronica Sagredo/Blueclick Photography
The sugar-cane paddock was quiet as Barry Lynch’s scream pierced the air. The farmer was pinned to the earth by a 10-ton trailer and kilometres away from help.
Illustration: Dominic Bugatto
“Something huge hit me with tremendous force on my left side and heaved me through the water. I realized I had been attacked by a shark.”
Natalia Martinez’s ambition to stake a claim for female climbers took her to Canada’s highest peak. That same determination would save her life.
The day had dawned crisp and clear, but early spring can be an unpredictable time on northern roads. Ernest Castel and his passengers would soon be stranded in their car, buried under a massive Manitoba snowstorm.
Photo: Oliver Koning/Reader's Digest
They swam through jellyfish, the threat of sharks and 25 kilometres of exhaustion before being sighted.
Photo: David Finlayson
When a rock-climbing trip goes disastrously wrong, a 13-year-old boy is forced to make a heartrending decision: should he leave his severely injured father to look for help?
High over northern Russia, an airplane’s control systems begin switching off, one by one…
It was a long shot… but it worked.
“Backing out was a wolf, dragging something in his teeth. That thing was a man.”
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