Cast away: Shipwrecked man makes land ‘after 16 months,’ drank turtle blood to stay alive


Barney Henderson
Telegraph.co.uk
January 31, 2014

 The story is reminiscent of the Tom Hanks film Cast Away

The story is reminiscent of the Tom Hanks film Cast Away

An emaciated man survived 16 months adrift at sea, eating turtles, birds and fish and drinking turtle blood, having floated up to 8,000 miles from Mexico to a remote Pacific atoll, it was claimed on Friday.

A Norwegian researcher said that the man – who only speaks Spanish and has a long beard – was not in a good condition after his 24-foot fibreglass boat washed up on the reef at Ebon Atoll.

In a story reminiscent of the Tom Hanks film Cast Away – or perhaps Ang Lee’s Life of Pi – the man, dressed only in ragged underpants, apparently set off from Mexico heading for El Salvador in September 2012. He was travelling with a companion, who apparently died at sea several months ago.

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