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  • Tim Stilwell Fell From The Fifteenth Floor Of A Hotel on Random People Who Fell from Ridiculously High Heights, But Managed To Survive

    (#12) Tim Stilwell Fell From The Fifteenth Floor Of A Hotel

    After finding out that he was locked out of his own apartment in June 2013, Tim Stilwell decided the best course of action was to try to hang and drop onto his neighbor's balcony. Things didn't exactly go as planned, and the 20-year-old slipped and fell from the fifteenth floor of the building and landed on the roof of a building at ground level. According to medical experts who attended the scene, he was incredibly lucky to have survived the fall.

    And some suggested that the roof of the building may have broken his fall, preventing life-threatening injuries. He came away with broken bones and internal bruising but was expected to make a full recovery.

  • Christine McKenzie Fell 11,000 Feet Onto Power Lines on Random People Who Fell from Ridiculously High Heights, But Managed To Survive

    (#4) Christine McKenzie Fell 11,000 Feet Onto Power Lines

    August 2004 was not a good month for South African skydiver Christine McKenzie. The 23-year-old was in free-fall when her parachute failed to open. This prompted her to try her reserve chute, but this too malfunctioned and became tangled as it partially inflated. The incredibly rare occurrence meant that McKenzie hardly slowed before she smashed into a series of powerlines before hitting the ground. Those powerlines saved her life, though, absorbing most of the energy from the fall and drastically reducing her impact.

    Despite the fact that literally everything that could go wrong in her jump did go wrong, McKenzie managed to survive with just a broken pelvis and some bruising.

  • Teen Survived Suicide Leap From Golden Gate Bridge on Random People Who Fell from Ridiculously High Heights, But Managed To Survive

    (#9) Teen Survived Suicide Leap From Golden Gate Bridge

    The Golden Gate Bridge has become a hugely popular location for those attempting to commit suicide. The 200+ ft fall kills 98% of all of those who jump on impact, and the icy cold waters below make it even harder to survive. But survival is possible. This is exactly what happened to a 16-year-old girl who jumped from the bridge in April 2011.

    Precisely how she survived is not known, but research suggests that the younger and fitter a person is the more likely they are to manage to live through the ordeal. 

  • Vesna Vulovic Holds The Record For The Highest Fall Survived Without A Parachute on Random People Who Fell from Ridiculously High Heights, But Managed To Survive

    (#1) Vesna Vulovic Holds The Record For The Highest Fall Survived Without A Parachute

    In January 1972, Vesna Vulovic was on a flight over what was then Czechoslovakia as a flight attendant for Jugoslavenski Aerotransport. The aircraft broke up in midair when a bomb exploded onboard, killing everybody with the exception of Vulovic. She fell an estimated 33,333 ft before landing on the ground and somehow managed to survive. She was seriously injured from the accident, however. 

    She spent 16 months in the hospital and was in a coma for 27 days, as well as having dozens of broken bones. However, she went on to make a full recovery.

  • Bear Grylls Almost Died In An SAS Training Mission on Random People Who Fell from Ridiculously High Heights, But Managed To Survive

    (#2) Bear Grylls Almost Died In An SAS Training Mission

    Before he became a popular television personality and adventurer, Bear Grylls spent a short amount of time in the armed forces. During this military service, he was involved with the SAS Territorial Army and took part in a training exercise over Zambia. During a skydive, his parachute failed to inflate.

    Thinking he had time to fix the problem before he hit the ground, he chose not to open the reserve chute and instead fell 16,000 ft and landed on his parachute pack. Although he narrowly avoided severing his spinal cord, he did break his back, which required him to go through 12 months of 10-hour-a-day physiotherapy.

  • The World War II Gunner Who Jumped From A Burning Plane Lived on Random People Who Fell from Ridiculously High Heights, But Managed To Survive

    (#11) The World War II Gunner Who Jumped From A Burning Plane Lived

    The year of 1944 was a torrid time for anyone living in Europe, but members of the Royal Air Force faced even more danger as it was the height of the Battle of Britain. In March of that year, rear gunner Sgt Nicholas Alkemade was in a Lancaster bomber that was hit by enemy fire. With his parachute destroyed by the resulting fire, the airman had only one choice – to jump from the plane before it crashed.

    Falling from at least 18,000 ft, his landing was softened by trees and deep snow in Berlin, meaning he only broke a wrist and his leg.

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