A Man Who Nearly Drowned at the Height of 30,000 Ft

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  • Published on:  Sunday, October 6, 2019
  • Not many survival stories can rival the miracle that happened to Marine Lt. Col. William Henry Rankin in 1959. See for yourself: one bad day, this man nearly drowned -- falling from the sky! Um, are you saying that it sounds too paradoxical to be true?

    So, it was a high-altitude flight, and Rankin, together with his wingman were flying at the height of more than 47,000 ft. The only thing that could cause some trouble was a storm that was raging far beneath the planes, but now, it didn't present any threat. However, the pilots were supposed to pass through this storm on their way to the Marine air base in Beaufort, South Carolina...

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    TIMESTAMPS:
    "Engine failure. I have to eject." 0:24
    Decompression 1:46
    ... wasn't the worst thing 2:53
    Falling through the black clouds 3:26
    Is it possible to drown in the sky? 5:07
    How he landed 6:27
    ...and what happened to him next 7:07

    #survivalstory #truestory #brightside

    SUMMARY:
    - Things took a turn for the worse when the aircraft was approximately 9 miles and mere minutes away from the military base. Suddenly, Rankin's engine quit, and the fire warning light switched on.
    - Desperately trying to keep his plane from gaining speed and going into a complete nosedive, Rankin radioed his partner, "Engine failure. I have to eject."
    - Rankin was in a free fall at a height of 40,000 feet, with a temperature of minus 65 degrees F.
    - When the man found himself in the air at such an unprecedented height, he experienced severe decompression. It felt as if his stomach had increased to twice its size, and his nose seemed like it was about to explode.
    - Rankin continued falling, and all he could feel besides all-encompassing fear was the shocking cold.
    - Rankin had been falling through the black clouds with almost no visibility for about five minutes, surrounded by lightning, rain, hail, and violent winds, when something went wrong with the barometer that was supposed to deploy his parachute automatically.
    - ut it wasn't just any old thunderstorm. Nope, the unlucky 39-year-old fighter pilot plunged straight into a cumulonimbus cloud.
    - Lightning snapped and crackled around Rankin, and even though he didn't hear the thunder per se, he could feel it vibrating through his body. The hailstones were so big that at some moments, Rankin worried they would tear his parachute.
    - The pilot was shocked to discover that he was relatively unscathed, the lightning hadn't grazed him, his parachute was in one piece, and he hadn't drowned in the rainwater. The only thing he had to worry about now was a safe landing.
    - At first, Rankin was going down toward a clearing, but his bad luck continued, because, at the last moment, a powerful gust of wind threw him into a tree.
    - After freeing himself and staggering to his feet, the pilot limped through the forest until he found a country road. But hitching a ride turned out to be a tough task.
    - Rankin spent several weeks in the hospital and made a complete recovery. Later, he wrote the book "The Man Who Rode the Thunder" where he described his experience.




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Comment

  • BRIGHT SIDE

    BRIGHT SIDE

     1 months ago +1227

    On a scale of zero to ten, how much are you afraid of heights? 😉 (My answer would be 10)

  • Simon Hansen

    Simon Hansen

     2 hours ago

    Bad.

  • m.tanveer khan

    m.tanveer khan

     6 hours ago +1

    think that why was the man spared
    why not his craft
    it says ALLAH almighty is one the controller of the world

  • Roman 14100

    Roman 14100

     8 hours ago

    Coo I was born on July 26

  • silly salmon

    silly salmon

     10 hours ago

    This sounds like Mission impossible fallout

  • Jayla Holland hall

    Jayla Holland hall

     21 hours ago

    He needs to thank God for surviving

  • Tyler Kimmel

    Tyler Kimmel

     21 hours ago

    Man i feel bad for this guy

  • S_M_A_S_H_ 756

    S_M_A_S_H_ 756

     22 hours ago

    I was born July 26 2011

  • Tristan Calderon

    Tristan Calderon

     23 hours ago

    true

  • Super Gamer

    Super Gamer

     yesterday

    Bright side make made up story's for subs don't like the channel or subcribe

  • Zues4Ares Roblox

    Zues4Ares Roblox

     yesterday

    Bright: A Man Almost Drowned At 30,000
    Me: You Can't Drown In Air

  • Custom Kirby

    Custom Kirby

     yesterday +1

    I always wanted to touch and each a cloud ☁

  • YoiBoiEgg

    YoiBoiEgg

     yesterday

    This happened the day before my -47th birthday

  • Toby Carr

    Toby Carr

     yesterday

    Morgz music 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • Pamela Y.Howard

    Pamela Y.Howard

     yesterday

    He was Blessed to have survived!

  • ClamChowderxd

    ClamChowderxd

     yesterday

    epic

  • Joy Mechell

    Joy Mechell

     yesterday

    The real tragedy is whoever animated his mouth

  • Joy Mechell

    Joy Mechell

     yesterday

    Well... Now I have a fear of clouds . This literally sounds like one of the most traumatic experiences ever to go through on your own .... He really got stuck in the middle of a storm cloud and survived .

  • Joy Mechell

    Joy Mechell

     yesterday

    "He fell from the clouds "
    But he fell from a plane ....😂

  • RDCST

    RDCST

     yesterday

    Why he jump from his plane so early?
    Even with no engines he can wait until 3000m and then jump.