Castaway set to fly home from Marshall Islands
MAJURO, Marshall Islands (AFP) - Castaway Jose Salvador Alvarenga was set to depart the Marshall Islands on Monday for his homeland of El Salvador after medics cleared him to travel, a source familiar with the situation said.
The fisherman, who says he survived 13 months adrift on the Pacific Ocean, needed a green light from doctors after suffering from ill-health in the wake of his ordeal, which ended when he washed up on a remote atoll 12 days ago.
Officials have imposed a media blackout around the exhausted survivor since he conducted a flurry of interviews soon after arriving in Majuro, but a source said he was expected to leave on Monday night on a flight bound for Hawaii.
From there, he will travel to El Salvador, most likely via the US West Coast, to be reunited with the family who had long thought he was dead.