This is an extraordinary claim. But is it real?
It’s a story that almost defies belief: A man leaves Mexico in December 2012 for a day of shark fishing and ends up surviving 13 months on fish, birds and turtles before washing ashore on the remote Marshall Islands some 5,500 miles (8,800 kilometers) away.
But that’s what a man identifying himself as 37-year-old Jose Salvador Alvarenga told the U.S. ambassador in the Marshall Islands and the nation’s officials during a 30-minute meeting Monday before he was taken to a local hospital for monitoring. Alvarenga washed ashore on the tiny atoll of Ebon in the Pacific Ocean last week before being taken to the capital, Majuro, on Monday.
As officials note, they are having a hard believing he was able to survive for 13 months. They are being cautious before claiming this incredible tale of survival is genuine, interviewing the man and trying to piece the story together. He seemed to be in reasonable health, not particularly thin. He said he drank bird’s blood but is that enough fresh water to sustain him? This is a doubtful story indeed and we must reserve judgement before accept this as true.
Tip: Takashi Toyooka