The world is certainly filled with bizarre and random deaths, but it is also filled with stories of remarkable survivors. The following list comprises a handful of people who beat death when the odds were stacked against them. Some of these people simply got lucky and survived horrific accidents, while the others had to use willpower to make it through their individual ordeals. Whichever the case, the following stories will show you just how resilient the human mind and body can be.
In January 1982, Steven Callahan set off from the Canary Islands in his small sailboat. A storm hit about a week later, which sank his sailboat, and he was cast adrift on an inflatable raft. For 76 days he floated, having only 3 pounds of food, a shirt, and a little bit of water. Luckily, he eventually washed up in the Bahamas.
In 1985, Joe Simpson and climbing partner Simon Yates completed the first-ever climb of the west-face of the Siula Grande. Simpson, however, had broken his leg, and on the descent he went falling over a cliff. The rope attaching both men went tight, and Yates was eventually forced to cut the rope.
Simpson actually landed in some soft snow, and over a span of a few days, inched his way back down the mountain.
On a morning in 2003, Bethany went surfing in Hawaii. A tiger shark, some 4 meters in length, attacked Bethany, tearing her left arm from her shoulder. Amazingly, she did not panic: she paddled back to shore with her one remaining arm and also warned other people in the water.