Man survives 16 months adrift at sea

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PostFri Jan 31, 2014 2:21 pm » by One-23


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Man washes up in Marshall Islands, claiming to have been adrift for 16 months

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An emaciated man whose boat washed up on a remote Pacific atoll this week claims he survived 16 months adrift on the Pacific, floating more than 12,500 kilometers from Mexico, a researcher said Friday.

The man, with long beard and hair, was discovered Thursday when his 24-foot fiberglass boat with propellerless engines floated onto the reef at Ebon Atoll and he was spotted by two locals.

“His condition isn’t good, but he’s getting better,” Ola Fjeldstad, a Norwegian anthropology student doing research on Ebon, told AFP by telephone.

Fjeldstad said the man, dressed only in a pair of ragged underpants, claims he left Mexico for El Salvador in September 2012 with a companion, who died at sea several months ago.

Details of his survival are sketchy, Fjeldstad added, as the man only speaks Spanish, but he said his name was Jose Ivan.

“The boat is really scratched up and looks like it has been in the water for a long time,” said the researcher. “He has a long beard and hair.”

Ivan indicated to Fjeldstad that he survived by eating turtles, birds and fish and drinking turtle blood when there was no rain.

No fishing gear was on the boat and Ivan suggested he caught turtles and birds with his bare hands. There was a turtle on the boat when it landed at Ebon.

Stories of survival in the vast Pacific are not uncommon.

In 2006, three Mexicans made international headlines when they were discovered drifting in the middle of the ocean in their stricken boat, nine months after setting out on a shark-fishing expedition.

And in 1992, two fishermen from Kiribati were at sea for 177 days before coming ashore in Samoa.

According to Fjeldstad, the Marshall Islanders who found Ivan took him to the main island on the atoll to meet Mayor Ione de Brum, who put in a call to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Majuro.

Officials at the Foreign Ministry said Friday they were waiting to get more details and for the man to be brought to Majuro.

The government airline’s only plane that can land at Ebon is currently down for maintenance and is not expected to return to service until Tuesday at the earliest, with officials considering sending a boat to pick up the castaway.

“He’s staying at the local council house and a family is feeding him,” said Fjeldstad, who added that the man had a basic health check and was found to have low blood pressure.

But he did not appear to have any life-threatening illness and was able to walk with the aid of men on the island.

“We’ve been giving him a lot of water, and he’s gaining strength,” said the Norwegian.

Source http://www.japantoday.com/category/worl ... -16-months
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PostFri Jan 31, 2014 2:36 pm » by DarkHeart


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PostFri Jan 31, 2014 3:03 pm » by Slith


16 months is unthinkable
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PostFri Jan 31, 2014 3:06 pm » by One-23


Slith wrote:unthinkable


He's lucky it was unsinkable :mrgreen:
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PostFri Jan 31, 2014 4:34 pm » by Slith


One-23 wrote:
Slith wrote:unthinkable


He's lucky it was unsinkable :mrgreen:


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PostFri Jan 31, 2014 4:51 pm » by Chaindrive


I certainly hope that he brought "Wilson" with him to keep him company.. :lol:


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Calculate the odds of his actually surviving.. he would of died of Scurvy LONG before that.. and seaweed just doent happen to float everywhere neither.. the turtles and other plant eating sea creatures would have gotten to that way before he got a hold of it.. And you thought that people in ethiopia were skinny.. THIS guy would of have been a skeleton (he would of been dead but his body didnt know that yet) and just what kind of fish was he able to catch and with what... how did he skin them to get the meat.?

Sorry, but Im waving a Image on this story.. and put it in the "Ripley's Believe It or Not" section.
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PostFri Jan 31, 2014 5:46 pm » by Slith


Chaindrive wrote:I certainly hope that he brought "Wilson" with him to keep him company.. :lol:


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I was waiting for someone to post that.


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PostFri Jan 31, 2014 6:30 pm » by Chaindrive


Slith wrote:
Chaindrive wrote:I certainly hope that he brought "Wilson" with him to keep him company.. :lol:


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I was waiting for someone to post that.


:lol:



Well hell... Im glad that I was the first one TO post it... what... are you THAT freekin lazy, that you couldnt of done it sooner...?!?!?!?!? Whats the matter with you hoser.? :lol:
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PostFri Jan 31, 2014 6:33 pm » by Slith


Chaindrive wrote: Whats the matter with you hoser.?


hehe. Where do you wanna start? :nails:


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PostFri Jan 31, 2014 8:46 pm » by Chaindrive


Slith wrote:
Chaindrive wrote: Whats the matter with you hoser.?


hehe. Where do you wanna start? :nails:


:help:



Well.. the beginning might be a good... but if you actually start off by saying.. "It was a dark and stormy night..." Ill be whipping out this thing quick:


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So make it a good one... :lol: :flop:
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