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Pacific castaway says dreams of family, food sustained him

Published on Feb 4, 2014 3:07 PM
 
Fisherman Jose Salvador Alvarenga (pictured), who says he survived 13 months adrift in the Pacific, said on Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014, he thought about suicide but was sustained by dreams of eating his favourite food - tortillas - and reuniting with his family.  -- PHOTO: AFP

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (AFP) - A castaway who says he survived 13 months adrift in the Pacific said on Tuesday he thought about suicide but was sustained by dreams of eating his favourite food - tortillas - and reuniting with his family.

Fisherman Jose Salvador Alvarenga also described being forced to dump the body of his teenage companion overboard when he starved to death, but said his own strong religious faith helped as he drifted some 12,500km from Mexico to the Marshall Islands.

"I didn't want to die of starvation," he told AFP through a Spanish interpreter at Majuro Hospital, where he is recuperating after being found disoriented last Thursday at a remote coral atoll.

"There were times I would think about killing myself. But I was scared to do it," he added, raising his arm, pointing to heaven and declaring: "God! Faith!"

 
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