El Salvador fisherman washes up in Marshall Islands after year adrift

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siesrey wrote:

drinking turtle blood and catching fish and birds with his bare hands.this man is a hero and shall be praised

Feb 04, 2014 12:27am EST  --  Report as abuse
MohanGeetha wrote:

I had a hard time login . This man only away for less than 18 months and he behave like the tribal man from the jungle.
This explain how people live in olden days.

Feb 04, 2014 12:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
jdl51 wrote:

Didn’t they make a TV series about something like that.

Feb 04, 2014 10:40am EST  --  Report as abuse
gregbrew56 wrote:

“…he set sail with another fisherman, aged 15 to 18, but the teenager died a month into their ordeal.”

And did Alvarenga take advantage of this “bounty”? It’s certainly a possibility, and not unheard of.

I foresee a screenplay…

Feb 04, 2014 11:01am EST  --  Report as abuse
SandyC69 wrote:

To gregbrew56. Cannibalism is probably the most gruesome thing that any human being might do. But, just as in the Donner party decades and decades ago, when it comes to survival, cannibalism is the last resort for survival. I am not disagreeing with anything you said except your comment did this man take advantage of this “bounty”. That, I feel was rather crude.

He may very well have survived using the other fisherman’s body as sustenance. Or, because this man was a fisherman, going out fishing on a fishing boat, you know that boat had rods, reels and bait, so he could easily catch fish for his sustenance Let’s not assume this man ate his shipmate.

Feb 04, 2014 12:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

“Things were getting rough until a floating Starbucks was built next to his drifting boat.”

And even then, the wi-fi signal was intermittent at best :)

In all seriousness, congratulations on being alive. You are tough as hell and your DNA should be saved in order to improve this human race.

Feb 04, 2014 12:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
oldtimer78 wrote:

The article said he survived by drinking turtle blood. How does one kill a turtle (assuming he somehow caught one)? as an expert fisherman, he should have been able to catch some marine life. I have read too that one can drink the body fluids of raw fish (which is fresh water, not salt) sufficient to provide water intake; also even drink seawater in moderation for the same purpose.

Feb 04, 2014 2:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AZ1811 wrote:

Let’s assume something is “fishy” – if not the fisherman. Who spends 13 months at sea on a 17′ boat and does not look like a dried starfish. I don’t think the whole story has been told.

Feb 04, 2014 3:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Hedonikos wrote:

I am of the thinking that AZ1811 is. Sorry but I do not believe this one. The guy looks fatter than Chris Christie and his skin would be burnt to a crisp. Not to mention how would his body overcome the desalination needed to keep the kidneys from shutting down. Everything in my medical training is throwing up red flags in this story. There is more to this than the guy is telling.

Feb 04, 2014 4:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
UauS wrote:

Poor guy, he’ll now find that it was easier to survive alone at sea than to convince all skeptics that it actually happened.

Feb 04, 2014 9:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
BlogZilla wrote:

Why didn’t he just eat his deceased son? (Shakes head) People really do some incredibly stupid things. A seven foot boat? Hmm, it never capsized? He never got sick from the diet he was forced to eat or the elements he was exposed to? (rolls eyes) . How do we know he didn’t kill his son?

The guy’s as fat as a latin Santa Claus judging from the pictures seen elsewhere that Reuters for some reason doesn’t want to get the rights to publish.

Feb 04, 2014 9:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JBnID2 wrote:

If not true, how did he get there and why the boat with a year’s worth of algae.
I think we’re seeing a remarkable human being that survived on faith and good genes.
I’m allergic to fish.

Feb 04, 2014 10:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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