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RD Talks: Drama in Real Life

Assassin in the Water

Assassin in the Water

A family races to save their daughter’s life after an outing to the local river goes terribly wrong.
"Mayday! I'm Going to Ditch"

"Mayday! I'm Going to Ditch"

One moment the helicopter was running perfectly. The next, it was hurtling towards the wind-whipped ocean.
In the Eye of a Firestorm

In the Eye of a Firestorm

In a 1998 bush fire that tore through rural Victoria, five firefighters made the ultimate sacrifice.
Surgery at 28,000 Feet

Surgery at 28,000 Feet

The woman was dying, and the jumbo jet had no time to land. ‘I have to operate,’ the surgeon said.
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“My Car Won’t Stop!”

“My Car Won’t Stop!”

Dodging the highway traffic, her runaway car was clocking more than 140km per hour.
When I Fell from the Sky

When I Fell from the Sky

A lightning strike at 10,000ft saw a 17-year-old girl free fall into Amazonian rainforest – and live to tell the tale.
One Deadly Mess

One Deadly Mess

When a yacht sends out a call for help, it leads to a turn of events that three helicopter rescuers never saw coming.
Trapped in a Volcano

Trapped in a Volcano

Scrambling from the downed chopper, the three stunned survivors confronted vents of hissing steam and a boiling lava pit. Sulphurous fumes made them gasp. If there’s a hell, one thought, it’s definitely like this.
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Alone in the Silo

Alone in the Silo

For hours, no-one knew that Arick Baker had fallen into a 58°C grain bin and was slowly being squeezed to death.
The Shark Wrestler

The Shark Wrestler

It was a split-second decision. The predator had the young woman in its jaw and he might be her only chance of survival.
Trapped Beneath a Blazing Tanker!

Trapped Beneath a Blazing Tanker!

Surrounded by a wall of flames, a young New Zealand girl put her last hope in the pledge of a courageous firefighter.
Please Save My Little Girl!

Please Save My Little Girl!

The day began as a joyous outing for a West Australian family, but turned into a night of terror.
Alone Against the Flames

Alone Against the Flames

Horrified, she stared into the burning car. Four people were trapped and only she could get them out.
Ascent to Terror

Ascent to Terror

The balloon’s gas was almost gone. Now there was nowhere to land but the raging sea.
Crocodile Attack!

Crocodile Attack!

Dear God, pleaded the victim, let it finish me off quickly!

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