The Remarkable Poon Lim


These are photo's of Chinese 2nd Steward Poon Lim, who is officially the longest survivor from a liferaft after his ship
SS Benlomond was sunk 23rd November 1942.
Poon Lim survived for 133 days adrift.
His survival techniques were later used by the US Navy for training films.
The photos attached are of Poon after he received the British Empire Medal from King George VI.
The second is a photo taken of him an hour after being picked up by a fishing boat.
The third is a reconstruction of the liferaft he lived on for over 4 months
Poon was granted US citizenship in 1952 where he continued to work at sea retiring as Chief Steward in 1983.
He died in Brookylyn 4th January 1991.
Although Poon is officially registered in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest survivor adrift,
two Indian seamen, Thakar Miah and Mohamed Aftab, from the Fort Longueuil sunk 19th September 1943
are believed to of survived 134 days before landing ashore where they were captured and imprisioned by the Japanese.

My grateful thanks to Billy McGee for providing these pictures together with the text.