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Salvadoran castaway back in his homeland: Official

Published on Feb 12, 2014 10:35 AM
 

SAN SALVADOR (REUTERS) - A fisherman from El Salvador who says he spent more than a year adrift in the Pacific Ocean arrived home on Tuesday night and was barely able to speak, sobbing as dozens of curiosity-seekers craned for a glimpse of the famous castaway.

Mr Jorge Salvador Alvarenga, 36, told officials he washed ashore in the Marshall Islands at the end of January and said he survived the ordeal by drinking turtle blood and catching fish and birds with his bare hands.

"I can't find any words to say," an emotional Alvarenga said on landing at the airport in the capital, San Salvador, where he was reunited with family before being taken to a local hospital in a wheelchair for further tests.

While the exact dates remain unclear, Mr Alvarenga is believed to have set sail on a shark fishing trip from southern Mexico in late December 2012, before being blown out to sea, drifting for months and washing up some 10,000 km away in the Marshall Islands.

 
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