January 31, 2014
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.