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8 incredible real-life castaway stories

March 20, 2014, 4:47 p.m.
Ada Blackjack

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Ada Blackjack

Originally from Alaska, Ada Blackjack was an Iñupiat Inuit woman who lived alone on Wrangel Island in northern Siberia for two years. She was hired by Arctic explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson as a cook and seamstress for an expedition designed to claim the island for Canada or Britain. After the voyage took a turn for the worse, she was left alone when the other survivors made a desperate attempt to seek help.

Blackjack learned how to survive on her own in this harsh landscape until she was rescued in August 1923 by a former colleague of Stefansson’s.