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Castaway fisherman returns home in El Salvador

Alvarenga's story stunned the world when he washed up on the Ebon atoll almost two weeks ago. (AP photo) Alvarenga's story stunned the world when he washed up on the Ebon atoll almost two weeks ago. (AP photo)
Associated Press | El Salvador | Posted: February 12, 2014 5:32 pm

be humanly possible for him to survive.

Over several days, details emerged that seemed to corroborate the horrible journey.

Alvarenga said he worked in a fishing village on the Pacific coast of Mexico’s southern Chiapas state, where he embarked. A man with his nickname, “Cirilo,” had been registered as missing with civil defense officials there. They said a small fishing boat carrying two men, the other named Ezequiel Cordoba, disappeared during bad weather on Nov. 17, 2012, and no trace of them or the craft was found during an intense two-week search.

Cordoba died after about a month when he couldn’t eat the raw fish and turtles, Alvarenga has said.

Photos from the Marshall Islands published by Britain’s Telegraph newspaper showed the boat that Alvarenga purportedly arrived in. It bore the hand-lettered name of a Chiapas fishing cooperative, Camaroneros de la Costa, for which Alvarenga said he worked in Costa Azul near Tonala.

The photos also showed a large plastic cooler that Alvarenga purportedly used to shelter himself from the sun and sea.

“The story of Jose is one of faith, but also of a fight to live,” the foreign minister said Tuesday night. “A story of solidarity and reunions.”

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