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Caving enthusiast Gary Lutes wanted to share his passion with his two sons, 9-year-old Tim & 13-year-old Buddy. After the family arrived at the New Trout Cave in West Virginia in 1990, they set off to explore. They’d carried a pack of supplies that included extra headlamps as well as food & water. After about 1,000 feet they reached a portion of the cave known as ‘The Maze’ which was full of tight spaces & jagged rocks. Lutes decided to leave the pack behind as he thought it would hinder their exploration & estimated that their head lamps would provide enough light until they could return to it. The boys’ lamps burned out after only a few minutes. They spent five days in complete darkness without any food or water.
5: Bungee Jumping
While visiting Victoria Falls in southern Africa in 2012, Erin Langworthy decided to take her holiday experience one step further & signed up to do a bungee jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge. The morning before the jump, the 22-year-old had seen crocodiles near the banks of the Zambesi River. Nevertheless, she wasn’t worried. She plunged head first from a height of 354 feet. When she was about 130 feet from the river below, her bungee cord snapped. She crashed into the water, her feet still bound with about 100 feet of rope attached to them. An employee from the bungee company grabbed her & pulled her out of the water.
The day after Thanksgiving 2006, James Kim, his wife Kati & their two daughters, Penelope & Sabine were heading towards a resort near Gold Beach, Oregon after they set off from Portland, Oregon. They missed a turnoff on their journey & decided to take what looked like a shortcut on their map. Soon they found themselves on a treacherous mountain road. After realizing that they could neither turn back nor forward, the family spent the night in their car. They awoke the next day & found themselves surrounded by deep snow. Several days later, on December 2, James Kim, wearing tennis shoes, light clothing & a jacket left his family, to look for help. He promised his wife to return that same day even if he hadn’t found anyone. He’d walked 16.2 miles from the car, & was only a mile away from Black Bear Lodge, which was closed but fully stocked with food & supplies at the time.
3: Sea Waif
In November 1961, optometrist Dr. Arthur Duperrault chartered a yacht in the Bahamas, along with his wife Jean & his three children, 7-year-old Renee, 14-year-old Brian & Terry Jo, aged 11. The ship was called Bluebelle & pilot, Julian Harvey was its captain. Harvey had also decided to bring his wife Mary Dene, whom he married in July, along for the trip. The holiday would be the last the Duperrault family would ever take together. Terry Jo drifted for four days without food or water before she was found by a Greek freighter. A crewman took a picture of the girl as she floated on the water. It made front pages around the world followed by stories of the ‘sea waif’.
2: Taken By a Dingo
On August 17, 1980, the Chamberlain family was on a camping trip at Ayer’s Rock in Australia’s Northern Territory. As darkness set in, Lindy Chamberlain placed Azaria, her nine-week-old daughter into the family’s tent. When the woman couldn’t find Azaria inside the tent. Everything indicated that the infant had indeed been taken by wild dogs. Nevertheless, the public as well as the authorities didn’t believe the scenario dictated by the findings & suspicion fell on the parents. Azaria’s jacket was found near a dingo lair, confirming the initial story. Lindy was pardoned.
1: Panama Jungle
On March 15, 2014, Kris Kremers & Lisanne Froom arrived in Panama for a six-week holiday, shortly after their college graduation. After touring Panama for a couple of weeks, the two Dutch girls arrived in Boquete, on March 29. They were going to live with a local family for about a month while volunteering with the children. On April 1, Froon & Kremers went for a hike with their hosts’ dog near the clouded forests surrounding the Baru volcano. That night the dog returned home without the young women & the search for them began days later. On April 6, their parents arrived in Panama, along with dog units from the Netherlands. A full-scale search of the forests was conducted for ten days & their parents even offered a 30,000 USD reward. Sadly, the search didn’t produce any results.