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Titanic survivor Richard Norris Williams. Despite being waist-deep in the freezing waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Williams survived and was taken aboard the RMS Carpathia. A doctor offered to amputate Williams’ badly frozen limbs, but Williams rejected the doctor’s recommendation. He went on to reach the quarter finals of the U.S. Open just months later, and won the tournament in 1914 and 1916. He also won the Wimbledon title in 1920.