Real-life Castaway Washes Ashore After 13 Months Adrift
A castaway who claims to have survived more than a year adrift in the Pacific Ocean was found on a remote coral atoll by a police patrol boat after washing ashore in a heavily damaged boat on Monday. The man, Jose Albarengo, set sail from Mexico in Dec. 2012 and claims to be a shrimp and shark fisherman originally from El Salvador. Albarengo explained to Marshall Islands authorities that he set sail with a youth named Xiquel to go shark-fishing, when winds blew them off course and the ship was damaged along with its radio. The boy is said to have died because he would not eat raw bird meat. Albarengo said he survived the odyssey by eating turtles and fish. Police are checking into his background and medics are giving him a thorough checkup before detectives make a full inquiry.
By Jordan Moses
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