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#291014 - 11/06/18 05:52 AM Re: Fowlers equipment for winning 'Alone'. [Re: hikermor]
rafowell Offline
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Originally Posted By: hikermor
... Consider an actual WWII survival story-Poon Lim adrift for 133 days in the S Atlantic in 1942. He was the sole occupant of a life raft with food and water for 50 days, but did the rest of his stint surviving in rainwater and fish. ..

I learned the Poon Lim story after spotting a photo of him being presented with one of the first engineered US signal mirrors by the head of the US agency responsible for developing equipment for safety of life at sea, the Committee on Emergency Rescue Equipment.

Poon Lim Signal Mirror Presentation, Aug 1943

This news story describes Poon's technique for catching seagulls:

Article on Poon Lim Ordeal, Nov. 1943

There's a pretty good overview on Wikipedia:

Poon Lim article on Wikipedia
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#291015 - 11/06/18 01:13 PM Re: Fowlers equipment for winning 'Alone'. [Re: rafowell]
hikermor Offline
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Great article, with many more details than the source I have. Ingenuity is a key ingredient in survival.
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#291022 - 11/07/18 05:35 AM Re: Fowlers equipment for winning 'Alone'. [Re: quick_joey_small]
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Originally Posted By: quick_joey_small


Like all the Survivorman episodes I've seen. Trying to survive in the wilderness seems to be basically a slow death sentence.&#65279;
qjs



To be fair though both shows had many arbitrary rules that a normal person would not have. On 'Alone' the contestants were pretty much assigned areas that they weren't allowed to leave. IRL you'd move to find resources. Also guns were not allowed and all game and fishing laws had to be observed. In a real survival situation you'd do whatever it takes to stay alive.
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