Survival: The inspirational story of the Thredbo disaster’s sole survivor
“My body is shaking, uncontrollably shuddering. Everything’s rattling, crashing down. I’m choking on dust. I can’t breathe… I’m coughing, choking. Sal’s screaming …”
On the night of July 30th 1997 a landslide shattered the tranquility of Thredbo Village, sweeping away two ski lodges and burying 19 people beneath tonnes of concrete and mud. In the days that followed, the world mourned as rescuers dragged body after body from the rubble.
But out of tragedy sprang an amazing story of survival. Stuart Diver, whose young wife Sally died beside him in the first moments of the slide, had clung to life buried beneath a concrete slab for 65 freezing hours.
This is Stuart Diver’s story. The story of how one man found the mental and physical strength to live through tragedy and survive against impossible odds.
Stuart relives the event that changed his world forever and talks honestly about what went through his mind during his long hours alone beneath the rubble, his painful recovery, and his inspirational attitude to life and the future. And he reveals how the lessons he learned at Thredbo can help each of us find the inner strength to become a survivor.
This special edition includes four bonus chapters that covers Stuart’s life in the more than ten years since the original publication of Survival.
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Stuart Diver still lives in idyllic Thredbo, where he works as an Executive Manager. Living with his wife Rosanna and daughter Alessia they all enjoy the activities and people who live in this inspiring part of the world. He works on the public speaking circuit and still does a considerable amount of charity work involving himself in a variety of exiting projects.