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Real-life castaway survives 16-months adrift


Posted on Saturday, 1 February, 2014 | Comment icon 32 comments

Jose Ivan traveled over 8,000 miles. Image Credit: sxc.hu
Jose Ivan claims he set sail from Mexico over a year ago and had been drifting across the sea ever since.
He had originally intended to reach El Salvador, but due to a combination of circumstances ended up hopelessly adrift in the Pacific. For 16 long months he traveled 8,000 miles over the vast expanse of ocean between the Americas and the remote Marshall Islands situated to the northeast of Australia.

During his journey he stayed alive by eating turtles, fish and birds while drinking rainwater and turtle blood. With no equipment available to catch anything he relied on his own bare hands to grab the fish from the water.

"We've been feeding him nutritious island food and he's getting better," said Ione de Brum, the mayor of Ebon Atoll. "He has pain in both knees so he cannot stand up by himself. Otherwise, he's OK."

Ivan's remarkable survival tale echoes that of three other Mexicans who in 2006 found themselves adrift after setting out on a shark-fishing expedition. They stayed alive by eating fish and by drinking rainwater before eventually being rescued after nine months at sea.

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (32)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #23 Posted by Purplos on 5 February, 2014, 1:13
You know, this fisherman could've started out 100 pounds heavier than he ended up, especially if he had earned the moniker, "The Pig." At any rate, I'm glad he's going back home.
Comment icon #24 Posted by MissMelsWell on 5 February, 2014, 2:09
The article also mentioned that he may look so "round" due to severe edema, which makes sense, he does look "puffy" .. But I'd really like to know how he didn't succumb to scurvy. You can't live on protein alone. Then again, it sure sounds like he did originate in Mexico... and did wind up in the S. Pacific... His story is probably pretty true even if you take the family's corroboration out of it. It doesn't sound like he'd ever been out of Mexico, and that atoll was a LONG way away.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Eldorado on 5 February, 2014, 2:25
His 'ragged underpants' will be on eBay Mexico within the week, I'll bet. Autographed! (unless they are now a permanent part of him)
Comment icon #26 Posted by wingyflam on 5 February, 2014, 9:06
no
Comment icon #27 Posted by seeder on 5 February, 2014, 11:15
Well in the latest news we now see the boat he was in. Previously Id assumed by the size of the boat that he may have had a cabin, but NO, all he had was a wooden box to sit under. Now we see the boat it makes his tale even more remarkable!! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2551829/Pictured-Boat-Mexican-castaway-lived-14-months-adrift-Pacific-Ocean.html
Comment icon #28 Posted by seeder on 6 February, 2014, 10:55
His 'ragged underpants' will be on eBay Mexico within the week, I'll bet. Autographed! (unless they are now a permanent part of him) And here they are (genuine photo) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2552673/Doesnt-look-First-pictures-castaway-claims-spent-14-months-adrift-just-days-washed-remote-atoll-taken-civilization.html
Comment icon #29 Posted by Eldorado on 6 February, 2014, 12:23
That must have been some fart.
Comment icon #30 Posted by BiffSplitkins on 6 February, 2014, 12:35
Update: Castaway's health takes turn for the worse, Mexican official says http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/06/world/asia/marshall-islands-castaway/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
Comment icon #31 Posted by Eldorado on 6 February, 2014, 12:44
Get well soon, Jose! You are due royalties on books and movies after such an adventure and ordeal. And those farts.
Comment icon #32 Posted by Hobbit Feet on 6 February, 2014, 21:05
Saw a picture of the boat today, no cabin, and now he wants back pay! There's not even enough room in the boat for very many sharks. This guy's a total ass. Put him back in the boat and kick him back out to sea.


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