10 People Who Faced Death — and It’s a Miracle They Survived

2. Joe Simpson — the man who crawled to safety on the brink of death

Joe Simpson and Simon Yates were climbing together in the Peruvian Andes when Simpson broke his leg. Yates tried to get his friend back to safety by using a rope to lower Simpson down the mountain ledge, but once they ran out of rope, Yates was forced to make a choice. He had to cut the rope to save himself.

Miraculously, Joe Simpson landed on a ledge without any new injuries. He was sure he would die, but didn’t want to die alone. So he crawled 6 miles over 4 days and eventually made his way back to the camp where he met his friend Simon again.

Simpson survived and even wrote a book and made a movie about his incredible journey.

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