June 03, 2012
from VideoNationalGeographic Website
This documentary tries to break the
barrier between science and the supernatural.
It is based on John Geiger’s book
The Third Man Factor - Surviving the
Impossible, which profiles people in high-risk
occupations who have survived near-death experiences with assistance
from an unseen presence.
9/11 survivor, an astronaut and a
sea diver - each felt a mysterious presence that guided them to
safety in their time of greatest peril.
“This phenomenon is tremendously
underreported,” Geiger told TV critics.
“When I started looking into it,
climbers, solo sailors, shipwreck survivors, polar explorers -
none wanted to talk about it because they’re very tough men and
women, and to concede there may be something else at play might
be perceived as a sign of psychological weakness.”
Geiger appeared at the
National Geographic session
alongside NASA astronaut Jerry Linenger, who spent several
months aboard the Russian space station Mir on what was later
described as the most dangerous mission in space travel history.
Linenger claims he felt the presence of his deceased father during
the disastrous mission’s lowest ebb.
“I heard him talking to me, saying,
‘Jerry, I’m proud of you. You always wanted to be an astronaut.
You’re going to make it through this.’ And it was a positive
thing that got me through the situation,” said Linenger.