When sixteen men are trapped in the Andes for more than 10 weeks watching friends and family die around them with no sign of rescue, what pushes them to survive? What compels rescuers to risk their own lives to lead session after session of marathon search operations to find adventurers lost in remote underground caves?

This brand new series offers a personal look at some of the most incredible rescue stories. Told by the survivors and rescuers involved, we see what inspires these individuals to keep going when hope is gone. The heroism, sacrifice and bravery on the part of both survivors and rescuers are moving, powerful examples of human will and determination.

After their plane crashes deep in the Andes, survivors must break taboos and find the unwavering determination to live while waiting 72 days for rescue in Alive in the Andes. Finding themselves trapped beneath the rubble of a demolished car park after their train has crashed, Kyoichi Yoshida and Junko Suzuki, miraculously defy the odds in Osaka Train Crash. In Cave Rescue, dedicated rescuers launch exhausting missions in remote caves and painfully cold underground rivers to find lost cavers in southern France.


  • Trapped: Alive In The Andes
    A plane crashed into the Andes Mountains but rescue only came 72 days later. Learn how 16 out of the 32 survivors cope with the harsh temperatures.
  • Trapped: Ocean Emergency
    A Finnish captain and his crew were stranded more than 450km from the nearest port, with an oncoming cyclone-force storm. How were they were rescued?
  • Trapped: Osaka Train Crash
    When an out of control commuter train flies off the tracks and crashes into an Osaka apartment building, Japan is faced with its worst train disaster in 42 years.
  • Trapped: Earthquake Rapid Response
    Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, is rocked by a massive earthquake in 2005. A British disaster response team races to locate surviving residents in the rubble of a high-rise apartment building.
  • Trapped: Cave Rescue
    A weekend adventure becomes a terrifying life and death struggle for seven French cavers when a flash flood traps them 100 metres underground. The men cling helplessly to their rafts as the bone-chilling 7 degrees Celcius water rises silently and pushes them up to the ceiling... Rescue crews find the sole entrance to the cave system is flooded making any immediate rescue attempt impossible. Only when the waters recede, can rescuers attempt to reach the men… But they are unsuccessful and turn back. After 6 days, the cavers situation is desperate. They have run out of food, energy and hope. More rainstorms make the water level in the caves rise again. The rescuers decide to drill a new entrance to the caves. Working around the clock, the drill teams create an entrance to the caves 28 meters below the ground. They search for the river they hope will lead them to the cavers. After two days of hard climbing, the rescuers finally reache the seven trapped cavers. All are alive.
  • Trapped: Hurricane Hospital
    In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the power goes out in New Orleans and floodwaters engulf the city. As New Orleans descends into chaos, staff at Tulane Medical Center is forced to come up with their own emergency evacuation plan. Patients on life support must be rescued within hours, before the hospitals back-up generators are submerged. The challenge for the staff, paramedics and helicopter pilots is to get the sickest patients out alive before they die.