What would you do if you were confronted with death? What gives someone the strength to survive? Is it luck, chance, instinct? In a stripped-down, simple-yet-cinematic interview style, I Survived... allows survivors to explain, in their own words, how they overcame unbelievable circumstances -- offering insight into what got them through the experience that changed their lives forever.
A romantic walk turns into a nightmare for two young friends when a man forces them into his truck at gunpoint and shoots them both. A snowmobile outing ends in a near-death experience for two brothers when they plunge through the ice of a frozen river. A woman is brutally attacked twice by the same gang of hoodlums.
A heart-wrenching drama unfolds when a man struggles to save himself and his family from drowning in frigid waters and a female prison officer uses her strength and quick thinking skills to stay alive during the longest prison siege in U.S. history.
An ordinary Friday at the Seattle headquarters of the Jewish Federation turns nightmarish when a crazed gunman demands an end to the war in Iraq and shoots four workers. A criminal justice teacher is shot multiple times and poisoned twice by an unknown assailant. A young woman swims through shark-infested waters in a desperate bid for survival.
A single mother is kidnapped, stabbed and left for dead by three hardened criminals and her heroic survival is unforgettable. A long-haul truck driver must drive his 40-ton rig through the biggest fire in Utah History. A woman is stalked and brutally abducted by an ex-boyfriend.
After five ruthless highjackers take control of an EgyptAir flight and begin executing passengers, a woman silently says goodbye to her loved ones when the hijackers pick her to be the next one to die. A surfer loses half of the blood in his body when a great white shark clamps its jaws around his entire torso and shakes him like a rag doll. A young mother is repeatedly assaulted and strangled in front of her 3-year-old son.
A couple hiking in a national park must fight for their lives when they're attacked by a ferocious mountain lion. A young mother and her cousin are shot by a deranged gunman. A quick stop at a gas station threatens the life of a woman when she's taken hostage by a violent criminal on the run from the police.
A family is subjected to a vicious attack during a brutal home invasion. A rail yard worker risks his life to save a town. A realtor is attacked by a man posing as a client.
A convenience store worker plays dead to escape her abductor. An endurance athlete faces her greatest challenge ever after falling 60 feet in a remote canyon. A couple put their lives on the line to protect their children in a home invasion.
A mother of three survives a prolonged attack from her estranged husband. A newly pregnant woman is horrifically injured when she is caught in a fish processing machine on a boat 160 miles from land. Ten people are held hostage in a library by a man armed with a bomb and a gun.
A heavily pregnant woman is viciously attacked by a woman obsessed with making the unborn child her own. A couple cling to the rafters of their home as Hurricane Ike unleashes its fury on them. A woman fends off a man who has hidden in her family home for days before brutally attacking her.
A mother is jammed into a trash can filled with snow and left to die by her ex-husband. A young woman scrambles to escape a gruesome pile up of injured bodies after an escalator malfunctions at a sports stadium. A bar owner is savagely set upon by three men in a random attack carried out as part of a gang initiation.
Three survivors from the ill-fated UA Flight 232 relive the terrifying moments leading up to and after one of America's worst ever aviation disasters. A young woman violently assaulted by two men displays extraordinary courage to flee her attackers.
A young woman is brutally assaulted then set on fire by her attacker. A man is forced to amputate part of his leg after it is caught in a drive shaft. An act of kindness backfires on a long-distance motorist who is left fighting for his life at the roadside.
Two friends, Jim and Jens, and their fathers fly to Mexico for a fishing trip, but turbulence forces their plane to crash land and the foursome must fight for their lives in the ocean. Dawn is plunged into a nightmare when four armed men invade their beach home and threaten to shoot her right in front of her two young daughters. And while working at a convenience store, Agnes is abducted by an armed robber, who takes her to an open field and forces her to open the car trunk, where she finds another terrified woman bleeding from a gunshot wound.
After finishing a surveying job in a remote forest area, Brent finds himself face to face with a massive seven-foot-tall grizzly bear that begins to attack him. In a desperate attempt to save her and her husband's life, Susan grabs the .22 caliber pistol in her bedroom and engages in a gun battle with three masked men who invade their house late one night. And Denise must fight for her life when she is brutally assaulted by a man who gains entrance to her apartment by claiming to be a maintenance man.
While on a spear-fishing outing, Patrick's friend is pulled out to sea and struggles to survive as four-foot waves batter him in the darkness. Anne and her son, Ian, fight for their lives when they're attacked by Anne's gun-wielding ex-boyfriend. Driving home from a friend's house late one evening, Sharon is shot by another driver, who then takes her to an apartment where he continues his vicious assault on her.
While out walking his dog in the woods, Timothy is attacked by a 400-pound grizzly bear as his faithful dog valiantly tries to distract the bear. Scott and Sean enjoy a fishing trip on the Appalachian Trail when a drifter arrives at their campsite, pulls a gun, and shoots them both. And Stacey and her best friend must call upon all their inner strength and remain calm when an attacker invades their apartment and seems ready to kill them both.
Roger and Dena's home overlooking the San Pasqual Valley is everything they've ever dreamed of until Roger awakes one day to find a 40-foot wall of fire racing up the valley towards their house. Sydney, only 15 years old, bravely leaps 12 feet out of her house in a desperate attempt to escape two attackers. And after Jennifer ends her relationship with her overly possessive boyfriend, he breaks into her home with a gun and terrifies Jennifer and her son for hours while a SWAT team descends on the house.