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Real-life 'Castaway' returns home

Posted by Lara Salahi  February 10, 2014 09:02 AM

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The man who found himself drifting in the Pacific for 13 months on a fiberglass fishing boat began his journey back to his El Salvador home Monday.

Jose Salvador Alvarenga washed up on Marshall Islands 12 days ago after drifting 8,000 miles away from the Mexican coast, where he was last seen shark-fishing back in late 2012.

According to news reports, Alvarenga said he ate raw fish and birds and drank turtle blood and his own urine to survive. His crewmate couldn't handle the diet and starved to death after four months, he said.

His extraordinary survival story sounds like a fictitious Hollywood flick -- one that could star Tom Hanks -- but experts have conceded that Alvarenga is telling the truth.

In an interview from the hospital, Alverenga told the Agence France-Presse last Tuesday that he thought about committing suicide while stranded but dreams of reuniting with his family and eating tortilla and chicken kept him alive.


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