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

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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... Other videos you might like: He Survived on a Plane's Wing And a Fall from the Sky https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOWNM_QGg7Q& A Girl Survived 10,000 Feet Free Fall And 11 Days in the Jungle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7tEDIpS3ZU& They Found a Frozen Girl But What Happened Next Shocked Everyone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zw8op7qNByQ 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. Music by Epidemic Sound https://www.epidemicsound.com/ Subscribe to Bright Side : https://goo.gl/rQTJZz ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Our Social Media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brightside/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brightgram/ 5-Minute Crafts Youtube: https://www.goo.gl/8JVmuC Stock materials (photos, footages and other): https://www.depositphotos.com https://www.shutterstock.com https://www.eastnews.ru ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For more videos and articles visit: http://www.brightside.me/
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BRIGHT SIDE (3 months ago)
On a scale of zero to ten, how much are you afraid of heights? 😉 (My answer would be 10)
Tushar Chauhan (2 hours ago)
Whoosh If gay (5 hours ago)
Mason F (1 month ago)
I am totally afraid of heights witch is (10)
Haya Sharaf (1 month ago)
Probably 12!
Hello Heillo (1 month ago)
Totally 10
I P S (1 hour ago)
Why would he not take the plane ride down some before he pulled the eject
Jake cale (6 hours ago)
I wonder what happened to the jet Edit:i wonder if it landed in some kids backyard
Ethansagamertoday (11 hours ago)
He looks scary
Sam Rankine (17 hours ago)
I saw this and was boutta turn it of then I hear Rankin and I’m like hey they might be related to me
Detroit FettyGhost (1 day ago)
amazing. amazing. amazing FREAKKKING AMAZZZZINGGG!!!????!!!!!!
J Vee (1 day ago)
Is that Rick Grimes
Stephie Smith (1 day ago)
You should make a movie about this of his story .🤲👏
Nheono PH (2 days ago)
A guy almost drowned from falling in the sky over 30,000 ft Micheal in GTA V:pathetic....
sacarchy (2 days ago)
Did his belly came into actual condition or it remained twice size.
Neo gaming (2 days ago)
afraid of heights for me its 6
Divya Karthik (2 days ago)
That's a big story
Bluetop Guitar (2 days ago)
Wow. Truth is stranger than fiction.
Elijah Castaneda (2 days ago)
I looked him up on Google and it's TRUE
Amythest Brandon (2 days ago)
jan marco caguisa (2 days ago)
Guiness world record
Rashed Hammedi (3 days ago)
Whit that is pass in my birthday 🎂 my birthday day it July 4th
Kane Sinchongco (3 days ago)
July 26 was my birthday
Star Killer (3 days ago)
Tiffany Tan (4 days ago)
Zephrey Cua (4 days ago)
but that drawing thooooo
Myrna Farnacio (6 days ago)
The engine is on fire
Myrna Farnacio (6 days ago)
When I was 6 and i know how to drive a plane jet and there was a engine failure I was 20,000 ft a and luckily i practice how to dive in the sky im not scared
Fool Life (6 days ago)
Why that mouth animation feel disturbing tho
Brian Edwards (6 days ago)
That story is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cor Born (7 days ago)
Real super Marvel
Abid Ali (7 days ago)
He could of ejected at 12000ft saves all that pain
Luke Phillips (7 days ago)
Somebody survived dangling from the wing of a plane
Luke Phillips (7 days ago)
I feel bad for that guy. I hope nobody ever has his experience. 😢
Luke Phillips (7 days ago)
10 for sure
Adam Samak (7 days ago)
It took 4 minutes for this guy to make it from space to earth, but it takes 1 hour to deliver my pizza
Yung Spoof (4 days ago)
I saw this exact comment on another video, smh
Leadership Mindset (7 days ago)
WoW, Great Man!
Speedy & Slovik (7 days ago)
Dat Ong (7 days ago)
Wait my name is Henry!
Erdon Morina (8 days ago)
Wait 26 july is my birthday 😮
ADMIRAL I.A. (8 days ago)
He clearly opened a very unlucky lucky block
Bharat Prasad (8 days ago)
Yeah me I survived high school
sixsas (8 days ago)
Najmus Sakib Saycot (8 days ago)
yeah... i survived from my girlfriend 😁
Ally Booth (8 days ago)
30k Likes- - XD
Mohammed dholkawala (8 days ago)
My story of bravery Surviving history class
Hack Everything (9 days ago)
Bob Bob (9 days ago)
Him lucky yf
Demon Skank (9 days ago)
This would be the greatest memory in your life despite the horror
im baby (9 days ago)
W H Y D O E S H E L O O K S O F U C K I N G D I S G U S T I N G ?
Theory (9 days ago)
Some are fake like BrightSide Is Fauk
FireMyster 470 (9 days ago)
Imagine if u got this on Gopro
lukeandellie23 (9 days ago)
I feel bad for that person
Filip Wenerski (10 days ago)
100 I would take
Miguel Salgado (10 days ago)
Did He died
Miguel Salgado (10 days ago)
NASA Help Him
Khalil Torres (10 days ago)
fake af. idc
Bonitzbr (11 days ago)
I drown in water like a Normal person
Sokleap Mean (11 days ago)
in my country use Celsius and Kilometer. Please add them to your next video. I don't like converter while watching. Thanks brother.
Mr.MacNCheese (11 days ago)
wait wouldn't he have died without a parachute he would've died immediately on impact of the water is it superman!?
Baylon Dickason (12 days ago)
Hi would break his neck instantly after ejecting
Caden416Riley (12 days ago)
Me zero I’m not scared of heights
CJT EZ (12 days ago)
I got a D on my test and my mom spared me that time
Santiago Oddó Rodríguez (12 days ago)
But then the video of the man jumping from space for 4 minutes free fall is fake?
Santiago Oddó Rodríguez (12 days ago)
Wow that is scary!
The Dummy (12 days ago)
When I read the title I was like this reminds of a monk episode lol also since I live on the coast of NC I was sure he was going to fall in a hurricane lol it’s a good thing it wasn’t one though
Black Phoenix (12 days ago)
I read the book it was really good.
Prudencia Mallari (13 days ago)
Yiu know that man who suvived passing in the side of bermuda triangle?
Dr. Lex Winter (13 days ago)
This dude is 100% chad. These are the men who made America great, and no matter how much anti-white blood libel they spread, the much maligned 'straight white male' built civilisation with blood, sweat and tears while the rest of the world now stands on their shoulders and pretends we somehow contributed because we did their washing. They don't make men like they used to! Nor planes, 50's planes were so sexy!
Faris Almutairi (14 days ago)
I am surviving life. Every day l have a story.
ARMY_BTSOFFICIAL (15 days ago)
I had a theory before I even picked on this but evaporation
WE CAN MAKE IT (15 days ago)
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matt Ortiz (15 days ago)
i dont know anything about jets so can anyone enlighten me. why didnt the pilot stay in the jet til it went lower in altitude rather than eject at such a high altitude?being that the engine failed does that mean the jet will explode,and if it didnt couldnt he have stayed in the jet til it fell closer to earth.
matt Ortiz (15 days ago)
what an absolute terrifying experience for this pilot.
Elijiah Schneider (16 days ago)
At 4:15 do NOT watch with earphones
Leg (16 days ago)
Nothing to look here, Libtards have filled this comment section.
EB (16 days ago)
This comment section is worse then MrBossFtw’s
Robert Rodrigues (16 days ago)
This story pales in comparison to my ordeal - I had to endure both Hillary Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama on TV!
T- REKT Fortnite (16 days ago)
6;57 Mr bean didint help him
Faysal Cumar (17 days ago)
I live for six could trillion years in a thunderstorm and my hand was burning so much
syrus khurana (17 days ago)
He didn't need a parachute if he had redbull. Because Red Bull give you wings 🤣
syrus khurana (13 days ago)
@Brock Johnson ha ha 😁
Brock Johnson (16 days ago)
No it gives you wiiiiiiings
Tpb Brod (17 days ago)
How unlucky is this dude
xnz999 (17 days ago)
Help I ate my airpod
The Mega Oof Diamond Miner (18 days ago)
10 :D :(
lol pol (18 days ago)
se copiaron de genial ratas like si crees lo mismo
jack logan (18 days ago)
Plot twist: 10 seconds after landing, he was crushed by the falling jet.
Payton Krug (15 days ago)
Gta style
Zangooz (19 days ago)
Wasn't bright side yellow?
MAV KFS (19 days ago)
KSI down like that
CallMeh MissNoLife (19 days ago)
What's wrong with his mouth
Stacey Lane (20 days ago)
wow and 0
rockmom h (20 days ago)
Wow that was a intense story. Someone was watching over him.
Shan Nia Austin (20 days ago)
If he died he would go back to the clouds...pfffff
Harri (21 days ago)
The terminal velocity of a free falling object is around 200 km/h. Without an engine or any power output, the acceleration would eventually stop and speed would be constant. You can even lose speed, even when falling till terminal velocity. "To keep hes plane from gaining speed... 1:26 " sounds like false information. Probably wanted to avoid some kind of explosion or combustion.
Xulo (21 days ago)
Or he could have increase the flaps and get lower since he was going at the speed of "lightning" then that speed would get him to a safe altitude
CORNER COMPUTER (21 days ago)
falling for five mins. from 40,000 ft to 30,000.. come on man. you could free fall from 100,000 to the ground in that time " well half that actually :) about 10,000 ft in 60 seconds sounds about right tho, but 5 mins between 40 - 30. we need a new story teller folks this ones broken.
FliplikeD (21 days ago)
sub to fliplikeD
Gumble gaming (22 days ago)
Who likes jumping off a plane? like skydiving
David Lyons (22 days ago)
I’m really scared of heights so 10 if your over 9 hulk smash that like button or not just tiny tap it
YeahimAubrey Heh (23 days ago)
Him: Free falls from plane and survives Me: *Hits side on the corner of the table and feels like life is ending*
Cedric Bruce II Milan (23 days ago)
I like da story!!!!
mbigboyny (23 days ago)
Couldn't have been that bad cause that sumbitch was smiling all the way down. Even in the hospital bed
Aaron Barron (23 days ago)
He fell from plane tho...........
Hannah banana (23 days ago)
How come he didn’t wait until his plane was closer to the ground and then jumped?
suys suys (24 days ago)
more like the black side
John Lopez (24 days ago)
Makes you feel kinda pathetic huh