The 10 Most Exciting Rescues in History

These missions saved the lives of submariners, prisoners of war, astronauts and everyday people who found themselves trapped with little hope.

May 1, 2013
2:30 PM EDT
Rangers of the U.S. Sixth Ranger Battalion participated during a raid on the Cabanatuan prison camp to release American and Filipino prisoners. | Corbis.
Having been abandoned by her passengers and crew, the crippled Italian passenger ship | Corbis
As a picture of Apollo 13 astronaut James Lovell flashes on a giant television screen from the recovery carrier Iwo Jima, jublilant flight controllers celebrate the safe return of the Apollo 13 crew. | Corbis
A Coast Guard officer looks for survivors in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. | NyxoLyno Cangemi/U.S. Coast Guard/Corbis
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Men reconstruct destroyed buildings in Port-au-Prince. | Anthony Asael/Corbis
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