FALLS PEOPLE MIRACULOUSLY SURVIVED
Added on: 26th Mar 2015
JAMES BOOLE SURVIVED A FALL OF 6,000 FEET
WITHOUT A PARACHUTE
As unbelievable as it may sound, James Boole survived a terrifying
skydiving accident with only a broken back and ribs. It’s
estimated that when Boole hit the ground, he was falling at about
100 kilometres per hour.
KEVIN HINES JUMPS FROM THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
The Golden Gate bridge is a marvellous piece of architecture with an
alarming statistic; it’s the single site with the highest frequency of suicides.
It should therefore come as no surprise that Kevin Hides would choose
this site to end his life. Jumping from a height of 245 feet, Hines was well
on his way to an abrupt encounter with the waters below when on the way
down he decided he wanted to live. So he made a life-saving decision by
changing his body position and plunging into the waters feet first.
CLIFF JUDKINS SURVIVES A 15,000 FEET DROP
Pilot Cliff Judkins was flying an F-8 fighter when a mid-air refuelling
accident forced him to jump from his aircraft. Unfortunately for him, his
parachute failed to deploy as he barrelled down towards the sea from a
height of 15,000 feet. He sustained a broken back, ankles, pelvis, and
a collapsed lung, plus suffered kidneys and intestine failure.
CHRISTINE MCKENZIE SURVIVES A TWO MILE FALL
PLUS POWER LINES
South African Christine McKenzie was a veteran skydiver who was on
her 112th jump when both her main and reserve parachutes failed
to deploy. As she raced towards earth from a height of about 11,000
feet, McKenzie fell on power lines but was not electrocuted.
Rather the power lines helped brake her fall thus saving her life.
STEVE FOSSETT SURVIVED A PLUNGE INTO SHARK
INFESTED WATERS FROM A HEIGHT OF 22,000 FEET
Known as the first person to navigate non-stop around the world in a
hot air balloon, Steve Fossett also came close to losing his life.
In 1998, he set out to circle the world once more when he encountered
a hail producing storm which tore through his hot air balloon. After the
balloon fell from an altitude of 22,000 feet; Fossett found himself
surrounded by shark infested waters.
FELIX BAUMGARTNER SURVIVES A FALL FROM SPACE
In 2012, Felix Baumgartner became the first person to break the
sound barrier, unprotected and under his own power. His record
breaking stunt plunged Felix into speeds of up to 834 mph. Needless
to say, such incredible feats carry with them incredible danger; a
fact Felix became acutely aware of upon entering the earth’s atmosphere.
Spinning into what is called a flat spin; Felix’s life was in grave danger
since at such speed, the flat spin could have easily rendered Felix
unconscious and unable to deploy his parachute. Thankfully,
Felix remained conscious and was able to parachute down
to earth safely.
ROGER WOODWARD SURVIVES NIAGARA FALLS
Roger Woodward goes down in history as the youngest person
to go over the Niagara Falls unprotected and survive. It all started
when roger’s family boating trip was interrupted by the malfunction of
the boat’s engine. With no power to fight against the currents, the
boat was pushed close to the fall before capsizing sending Roger and
James (uncle) over the fall. Roger surprisingly made it out unharmed.
James, on the other hand was not so lucky.
DANNY YAMASHIRO SURVIVES THE
NUUANU PALI MOUNTAIN
On December 22, 1985, Danny and his girlfriend decided to climb
Nuuanu Pali mountain in Hawaii. What started out as a day like any
other soon became tragic when Danny’s girlfriend became stranded and
Danny made an attempt to rescue her. The attempt however, failed
sending Yamashiro head-first 300 feet down the mountain. When
rescuers moved towards the area where Yamashiro lay, Yamashiro
shifted his weight, causing him to fall another 100 feet. In spite of the
two unbelievable falls, Yamashiro survived and went on to become