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Castaway who survived 13 months in Pacific likely suffering post-traumatic stress: Doctor

Published on Feb 8, 2014 2:42 PM
 
Fisherman Jose Salvador Alvarenga at a press conference in Majuro on Feb 6, 2014. The castaway, who says he survived 13 months adrift in the Pacific, appears to be suffering post-traumatic stress syndrome and has been in and out of hospital since last Monday. -- PHOTO: AFP

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (AFP) - A castaway who says he survived 13 months adrift in the Pacific appears to be suffering post-traumatic stress syndrome, a doctor said Saturday, as officials confirmed he had been living in Mexico illegally.

Jose Salvador Alvarenga, a fisherman from El Salvador, washed up on a remote Pacific atoll over a week ago, telling a remarkable story of floating 12,500km from Mexico in his 24-foot boat after the engine broke.

He initially appeared to be in good spirits and reasonable health, but he has been in and out of hospital since being brought to the Marshalls capital Majuro last Monday.

At a media conference on Thursday, the 37-year-old was sullen and uncomfortable, mumbling a short thank-you to people in the Marshall Islands before departing the venue clutching two men for support.

 
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