Longest Survival on a Raft

About the longest survival on a raft on record, history of Poon Lim the World War II seaman who survived four months.


The Longest Survival on a Raft. "The longest recorded survival alone on a raft is 133 days (4 1/2 months) by 2nd Steward Poon Lim (born, Hone Kong) of the U.K. Merchant Navy, whose ship, the S.S. Ben Lomond, was torpedoed in the Atlantic 750 mi. off the Azores at 11:45 A.M. on November 23, 1942. He was picked up by a Brazilian fishing boat off Salinas, Brazil, on April 5, 1943, and was able to walk ashore. In July, 1943, he was awarded the British Empire Medal."

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