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.

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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:
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He's lucky it was unsinkable :mrgreen:


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PostSat Feb 01, 2014 10:57 am » by Malogg


Castaway lost at sea for 16 MONTHS washes up on reef after 8,000 mile trip eating turtles

Mexican Jose Ivan was found by locals dressed only in his tatty underpants on the tiny Ebon Atoll on the Marshall Islands – 620 miles north of the Solomon Islands
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Here’s an astonishing story of ­human endurance that could have come straight from a Hollywood movie.

An emaciated Mexican man has been found washed up on a remote Pacific reef after living for 16 months at sea and drifting 8,000 miles in a broken down boat.

In an epic adventure of survival that mimics Tom Hanks’ Chuck Noland character in the film Cast Away, Jose Ivan ate birds, turtles and fish while drinking the blood of his catches to stay alive.

He was found dressed only in his tatty underpants on the tiny Ebon Atoll on the Marshall Islands – 620 miles north of the Solomon Islands – by astounded locals.
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Locator map Ebon Atoll
Norwegian ­anthropology student Ola Fjeldstad, who is stationed on the atoll, told how he met the ­castaway.

He said: “His condition isn’t good but he’s getting better. The boat is really scratched up and looks like it’s been in the water a long time.

"We’ve given him a lot of water and he’s gaining strength.”

Jose told Ola he and a colleague left Mexico for El Salvador in September 2012.

But his companion died several months ago after their 24ft ­fibreglass boat lost power and began drifting.

Ola said there was no fishing gear in the craft but they did find a turtle inside. Jose told the researcher he caught food with his bare hands.
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Remote: A NASA image of Ebon Atoll

He is being looked after by a family in a council house on Ebon.

A health check found he had low blood pressure. But he did not have any life-threatening illness and was able to walk with help.

Jose has met the mayor, who put in a call to the Marshall Islands ministry of foreign affairs in the capital Majuro, where he is expected to be transferred to later.

In 2006, three Mexicans were found alive by a Marshall Islands fishing vessel after drifting across the Pacific while making the same perilous trip as Jose.

They survived on rainwater, fish and seabirds – with their spirits kept high by reading the bible.

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