Missouri Man Carried Over 1,300 Feet By a Tornado But Survives
This is one record you never want to hold. A Missouri man was carried over 1,300 feet by a violent tornado, yet lived to tell about it.
His story is one of the most exceptional testimonies of anyone that has survived a tornado. The Tornado Records Wikipedia page includes what happened to Matt Suter of Fordland, Missouri. During a strong EF-2 twister on March 12, 2006, he was carried 1,307 feet by the tornado yet only suffered minor injuries. The Weather Channel made him famous when they told his story a decade ago.
Matt was a 19-year-old senior at the time and was sucked out of a trailer into the sky. If there's any good news as a part of his experience, it's the fact that he was knocked unconscious as he was lifted out of the trailer. Better to not know that you're suddenly hundreds of feet in the sky.
The Guinness Book of World Records acknowledges that Matt Suter of Fordland, Missouri is truly the world record holder for farthest distance survived in a tornado. The fact that he was more or less gently placed in a field by the vortex is nothing short of miraculous.
Next time someone asks you who holds the record for being lifted up in a tornado and surviving, you can point them to Matt Suter of Fordland, Missouri. He has truly lived an experience that few ever will.