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11. In 1992, Chris Duddy, Michael Benson and Craig Hosking spent two days inside a live volcano crater after their helicopter crashed into it. “…the helicopter lost power so suddenly that the pilot, Craig Hosking, did not have time to radio for help. When the helicopter crashed on the hot crater floor, it narrowly missed a bubbling lava pool, and all three survived with only minor cuts,” reported the Chicago Tribune. While waiting for rescue, the trio recall “listening to the lava gurgle below them and resigning themselves to a gruesome death.”
12. Howard Ulrich and his, then seven-year-old, son rode out the world’s tallest mega-tsunami in a fishing boat. On the night of July 9, 1958 an earthquake along the Fairweather Fault in the Alaska Panhandle generated a local tsunami with a wave that was nearly twice the height of the Eiffel Tower. “Ulrich tried to pull up the anchor, but the boat was quickly swept up as the wave raced through the bay at 100 miles per hour. Incredibly, their fishing vessel was lifted atop the wave, carrying them up above the trees before depositing them back into the bay.”
13. Reshma Begum was pulled alive from the rubble of a garment factory in Bangladesh 17 days after it collapsed. Begum, 19, was working as a seamstress in the Rana Plaza building near Dhaka when the factory collapsed in April 2013, leaving more than 1,100 workers dead. Begum had found some dried food and a limited supply of water to keep her alive while trapped. The search for survivors had almost drawn to a close when rescuers heard a banging sound from amid the ruins, and found her.
14. David Zehntner just happened to be flying a single-engine Cessna airplane over his property at the exact moment someone was trying to rob him. Zehtner and his wife were 800 feet above the ground when they spotted a strange vehicle parked in their driveway. Zehntner went in for a closer look–at the exact moment the thief picked up a 6-foot-by-12-foot red utility trailer that was parked outside the house, set it on the bumper hitch to a pickup truck, hooked it up and drove off. He was later apprehended, of course. I guess you could say one person had great luck that day, and one person had very bad luck.
15. In 1954, Ann Hodges became the only person in history to have been hit by a meteorite. Ok, I know that sounds decidedly UN-lucky, but you have to hear the full story. “On a clear afternoon in Sylacauga, Alabama…Ann was napping on her couch, covered by quilts, when a softball-size hunk of black rock broke through the ceiling, bounced off a radio, and hit her in the thigh, leaving a pineapple-shaped bruise,” explains NatGeo. If not for the quilts and the radio, it could have been her head.
Some people don’t believe in luck. They would say this is all just coincidences. I think whether you believe in it or not, you can’t deny that some of these people have had a whole lot of “coincidence” on their side. If you still aren’t convinced in good luck, check out these 25 people who are lucky to be alive and see if they change your mind.