BEARDED, bloated and wearing nothing but his bedraggled underwear, José Salvador Alvarenga stumbled ashore on a remote island in the Pacific last week with a remarkable story to tell.
After setting off from the Mexican coast for a day’s fishing in December 2012, the 37-year-old claimed he had drifted across at least 5,500 miles of ocean to the Marshall Islands, surviving on little more than fish, birds and turtle blood. On Monday, Mr Alvarenga arrived in the archipelago’s capital, Majuro, following a 22-hour journey from the coral atoll of Ebon, where he first washed up.
Clutching a can of coke as he was helped down the gangplank of a police boat, he appeared to be in moderately good health. Doctors suggested, however, that the castaway could be suffering from edema, a condition which causes the body to swell after exposure to excessive sunlight and salt. More. . . and Conclusion. . . .