MAJURO, Marshall Islands – If his story is to be believed, fisherman Jose Salvador Alvarenga survived 13 months adrift in the Pacific Ocean because of his deep religious faith and of dreaming about eating tortillas again.
Alvarenga was found Thursday on a sparsely populated island of Ebon Atoll, almost a full day’s boat ride from Marujo, capital of Marshall Islands, and around 12,500 kilometers (8,000 miles) from Mexico, where he first set sail.
He told authorities he dumped his companion’s body who died of starvation after four weeks of being lost together at sea on a fiber glass boat.
The boy, whom Alvarenga described as between 15 and 18 years of age, died because he allegedly could not survive on diets of raw fish and birds.
“I didn’t want to die of starvation,” he told through a Spanish interpreter. “There were times I would think about killing myself. But I was scared to do it.” (Click here to read more)