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Details of castaway's arrival in Marshalls emerge

Published on Feb 16, 2014 1:51 PM
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Jose Salvador Alvarenga of El Salvadore attends a press conference in Majuro on Feb 6, 2014. Fresh details have emerged of castaway Jose Salvador Alvarenga's first encounter with other people after months at sea - including how Marshall Islands residents communicated with him in broken Spanish learned from popular children's television show Dora the Explorer. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP 

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (AFP) - Fresh details have emerged of castaway Jose Salvador Alvarenga's first encounter with other people after months at sea - including how Marshall Islands residents communicated with him in broken Spanish learned from popular children's television show Dora the Explorer.

Until now, little has been known about the Salvadoran's arrival on far-flung Ebon Atoll in the Marshall Islands, where he landed two weeks ago after setting sail from Mexico on a fishing trip in December 2012. Only a single telephone services the Pacific outpost.

But Ebon Mayor Ione de Brum revealed to AFP that Mr Alvarenga "managed to swim his boat ashore" on the night of January 29 after a 12,500-kilometre journey.

Exhausted, he fell asleep on a deserted beach to be awoken the next morning by roosters crowing.

 
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