National Geographic : 1945 May
They Survived at Sea 639 To Help Other Castaways, Poon Lim Re-enacts His Raft Adventure Here he floats on a ship's life raft similar to the one he used. A canvas awning protects him from the sun and serves as a rain catch. The yellow flag on a pole is a distress signal. He carried his improvised knife tied to a string around his neck. In the evenings birds occasionally roosted on his awning. Moving snakelike, Lim would stalk the birds, then in a flash grab them by the legs. Sun-dried bird meat tasted better than raw. Such rafts can be used right side up or upside down and require no bailing. U. S. Navy, Official With a Live Lure, the Shipwrecked Chinese Caught His Big Fish When his rations were gone, Poon Lim caught small fish with a hook fashioned from his flashlight spring. After bigger game, he bent a nail into a hook and stuck it through the tail of the live fish. Big 20-pounders struck at this bait. From then on Poon Lim had plenty of food. At first he ate his fish raw, but then he preferred it sun-baked. Various species differ in taste; so he could vary his diet.