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These five real-life rescue stories will make you believe in miracles

Spoiler alert – they’re all OK in the end.

WHETHER YOU BELIEVE in miracles or not, sometimes people are able to do amazing things – and survive what seems impossible to survive.

Here are five real-life miracles that have happened over the years – from babies in wells to dogs lost at sea, there have been some scary times for some people. Don’t worry, everyone turns out OK in the end.

See, miracles do happen.

1. Baby in a well

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In 1987, an 18-month old girl, Jessica McClure, fell 22 feet into a well in her aunt’s property in Midland, Texas. The rescue took 58 hours and was televised live by the CNN, the first 24-hour news channel in the US. She needed treatment following the trauma but recovered quickly.

2. Dog at sea for three days

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This poor little pooch was washed out to sea during the Japanese tsunami in 2011 and was rescued three weeks later. It took the coastguards several hours to rescue the dog but once on board he seemed just fine after his ordeal.

3. Shipwrecked at the bottom of the sea

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A Nigerian chef, Harrison Okene, was trapped underwater for three days when the tug boat he was crewing on sank off the coast of Nigeria in 2013. A South African rescue diver investigating the wreckage thought he would just uncover bodies, but the chef survived thanks to a small air bubble.

4. Stranded in shark-infested waters

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Imagine going on the holiday of a lifetime to Mauritius and doing a bit of scuba diving. How about when you surface your boat is nowhere to be seen? That happened to Jeff and Julie Byrne, in September 2016, after they were dragged 12 miles from their boat by a rip tide – straight into shark-infested waters. A rescue operation was mounted and seven hours later the couple were found.

5. Landslide in Australia

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The Thredbo landslide in the ski resort of Thredbo, New South Wales, in 1997 killed 18 people. One man, Stuart Diver, was found more than 60 hours later, after rescuers had decided to stop digging. They lowered sound equipment down a hole they dug as they had detected some movement beneath a concrete slab. The rescuer called out ”Rescue team working overhead, can anyone hear me?” and Stuart called back, “I can hear you.” The rescuer asked did he have any injuries, and he replied, “No, but my feet are bloody cold!” He still works at the Thredbo ski resort.

If you love a real-life rescue make sure you catch Sully, the story of the Hudson River plane landing starring Tom Hanks and directed by Clint Eastwood. It’s released nationwide today

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