Chinese native Poon Lim was a steward on a British ship during World War II that was traveling from Cape Town to Surinam. The Germans intercepted the boat 750 miles east of the Amazon, and a pair of torpedoes sank the ship in two minutes. Lim was the only man of the 53 on board to survive the attack. He would hold the world record for time spent surviving as a castaway adrift at sea.
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