2018 has been a year full of good news and bad. Throughout it all, there were great stories of survival—of people beating odds and killing rattlesnakes with rocks while they waited for rescue. Here are fifteen of our favorites.
Thailand’s Wild Boars soccer team—a dozen 11 to 16 year olds and their coach—celebrated the birthday of a teammate by exploring Tham Luang Cave. Then the water rushed in. When a rainstorm caused flash floods, the team found themselves stranded deep in the cave, a mile underground. It took the efforts of 2,000 soldiers and 200 divers to get the entire group out. It wasn’t without tragedy—one retired Thai Navy SEAL died and others were hospitalized—but the world watched and celebrated as the team was brought to safety.