Sole Survivor: A Story of Record Endurance at Sea
When German U-boats sank the British Ben Lomond in 1942, its sole survivor was a second steward, Poon Lim, who managed to stay alive for 133 days on a wooden raft. Sole Survivor, based on three years of interviews with Poon and his family, reconstructs his remarkable ordeal and the survival techniques that earned him world celebrity and a listing in the Guiness Book of World Records.
"A classic saga of ordeal and survival that reminds us of the courage, strength, and resourceful intelligence of which human beings are capable."
-Tillie Olsen, author of Tell Me a Riddle
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