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Mexican castaway begins long journey home after drifting for months

Published on Feb 2, 2014 10:20 AM

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (AFP) - A Mexican castaway who says he drifted for months across the Pacific Ocean before washing up on a remote Marshall Islands atoll was on his way to the capital on Sunday, hoping to begin his long journey home.

The castaway, who has given his name as Jose Ivan, was picked up from isolated Ebon Atoll on Sunday morning by a Marshall Islands sea patrol ship on course for the islands' capital Majuro, where he will undergo medical examinations.

"I want to get back to Mexico," Mr Ivan told interpreter Magui Vaca in his first interview through a Spanish-speaking interpreter since drifting into the atoll on a 24-foot fibreglass boat.

"I feel bad," he told Vaca of his physical and mental state. "I am so far away. I don't know where I am or what happened."

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