Rescue 911 (partially lost episodes of seventh season of CBS docudrama series; 1996)
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Rescue 911 was a docudrama television series that aired for seven seasons on CBS from 1989 to 1996. It contained re-enactments (and occasionally real footage) of emergency situations that often involved calls to 9-1-1. Episodes usually consisted of four self-contained stories (i.e., segments).
The show was cancelled in May of 1995 at the end of its sixth season, but six new episodes had already been completed for the seventh season, so CBS ordered several more episodes to allow Rescue 911 to function as midseason replacement programming. The majority of Season 7 aired from February to May of 1996, with the final three episodes postponed until that August. The series never received a DVD release. Syndicated re-runs have aired on several networks since the show's cancellation and are still shown on the streaming service PlutoTV (as of 2023). However, Season 7 was never put into syndication, meaning that the episodes aired only once or twice in 1996 and were never shown again on American television.
The Missing Episodes
Much of Season 7 has surfaced online, but due to the show's segmented format, it is often uploaded as individual segments rather than full episodes. Certain segments from four of the episodes are still missing.
|Season 7, Ep. 8
March 28, 1996
|A warehouse worker is standing next to a shelf holding two tons of stainless steel beams. His co-worker on the opposite side tries to pick up some of the beams with a forklift, causing the shelf to tip over and fall on top of him.||Partially Found|
|A man has a heatstroke while dirt biking with his stepson in the desert.||Found|
|A teen hiker is swept over a waterfall.||Found|
|A collie alerts a mother when a baby stops breathing.||Found|
|Season 7, Ep. 9
April 4, 1996
|Guitarist Worth Wagers is electrocuted during a garage rehearsal with his band, The Moviegoers.||Found|
|A Redding, California mother is stabbed in her home by her estranged husband. Their daughter calls 911 while the mother runs to the neighbor's house for help. The neighbors then return to the house to get the daughter.
(View preview 1) (View preview 2)
|A woman is run over by a covered wagon.||Found|
|A Florida medical helicopter picks up victims of a car crash on an Interstate highway. (View preview)||Lost|
|Season 7, Ep. 10
April 11, 1996
|A man with a gun and bomb takes hostages in the Salt Lake City public Library; one of the hostages is a plainclothes police officer posing as a civilian. An incomplete version that runs about 7 minutes has surfaced online, but it is missing a large chunk out of the middle (the cut occurs at 3:50). The complete version of the segment runs approximately 12 minutes. The Brazilian version of the episode has also surfaced online, but the audio is dubbed over in Portuguese. The complete English version is still missing.
(View partial English version) (View full Portuguese version)
|A woman delivers her baby prematurely in her car with the help of her husband and a neighbor.||Found|
|A snowmobile falls into a fissure on a glacier in Iceland.||Found|
|A pet lizard bites down on a boy's finger and won't let go.||Found|
|Season 7, Ep. 14
August 20, 1996
|An overturned tractor pins a 17-year-old boy underwater in a muddy roadside ditch. The Brazilian version of the episode has surfaced online, but the audio is dubbed over in Portuguese. The original English version is still missing. (View the Portuguese version)||Lost|
|A girl gets her finger stuck in a desk at school.||Found|
|A police dog is shot by a robbery suspect after a high-speed van chase.||Found|
|A boy is trapped under the root ball of a fallen tree.||Found|
- Rescue 911 on Wikipedia
- Rescue 911 - Season 7 (Rescue 911 wiki)
- Rescue 911: The Missing Episodes (YouTube video)
- Rescue 911 Season 7 on TVGuide.com (accessed March 15, 2023)
- News article on warehouse segment: Near fatal industrial accident recreated for 'Rescue 911' (accessed March 15, 2023)
- News article 1 on the stabbing segment: Rescue 911 films Redding victim's plight (Page 2) (accessed March 15, 2023)
- News article 2 on the stabbing segment: Victim sees herself assaulted on TV (accessed March 15, 2023)
- Possible news article on Florida helicopter segment: 6 injured in crash on I-75 (page 2) (accessed March 15, 2023). The article doesn't confirm if/when the incident in question aired on the show, but the details are consistent with the video preview.
- News article on tractor segment: Accident re-enacted for television crew (accessed March 15, 2023)