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Suit: There's a Dark Secret to Castaway's Survival

Family of crewmate sues, says he ate the man's corpse

(Newser) - Castaway Jose Salvador Alvarenga survived a year at sea by eating birds, fish, and turtles he could scavenge from his disabled boat. Now, grisly claims are emerging that the 36-year-old fisherman also ate something else: his dead crewmate. The family of Ezequiel Cordoba is suing Alvarenga for $1 million, alleging... More »

How This Man Survived 436 Days Lost at Sea

Neither hunger, nor thirst, nor extreme loneliness claimed the fisherman

(Newser) - When Jose Salvador Alvarenga, a 36-year-old fisherman from El Salvador, touched land for the first time after more than a year lost at sea , his hair was wild and matted, his ankles were swollen, his wrists were tiny, he could barely walk, and he constantly hid his face. He had,... More »

Beach Dare Goes Wrong: 2 Men Feared Drowned

Body of one young Brit swept out to sea has been recovered

(Newser) - A group of five friends went down to the sea's edge at Brighton Beach in Sussex, England, at 1am Saturday, and only three emerged. After a dare to stand at the waterfront, 23-year-old Dan Nicholls was knocked off his feet by a large wave in severe weather and swept... More »

Man Lost at Sea 12 Days 'MacGyvered' Radio

Hawaii man survived on fish until rescue came

(Newser) - Ron Ingraham was able to find sustenance during 12 days lost at sea —"I'm a fisherman, so I caught fish," the Hawaii man tells ABC News —but he might never have seen land again if he hadn't been able to make a distress call.... More »

Boater Lost at Sea on Thanksgiving Found Alive

Ron Ingraham, 67, found 'weak, hungry, dehydrated' off Honolulu

(Newser) - When the US Coast Guard told Zakary Ingraham that the search for his dad was being called off on Dec. 1, his gut told him it was the wrong move. "I said, 'Man, I don't think you should call [off] the search because I don't think... More »

Missing 8 Days, Sailor, 77, Found at Sea

Craig Neus was in good health when Coast Guard found him off Fla. coast

(Newser) - Craig Neus, 77, was sailing his 32-foot boat from Baltimore to his home in Panama City, Fla. But after making a purchase on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at a resort in the appropriately named town of Captiva, Fla., no one heard a word from him—even though his daughters tried calling... More »

Long Sought-After Relic Found in Puget Sound?

900-pound anchor could be the one lost on a famous expedition in 1792

(Newser) - Six years after first discovering it, "amateur sleuths" rejoiced Monday after bringing a 900-pound anchor thought to be lost in 1792 to the surface in Washington state's Puget Sound. They hope to prove they've found the stream anchor that was reportedly lost exactly 222 years earlier, on... More »

Guy Lost at Sea for Year-Plus Tells His Story

Jose Salvador Albarengo arrives in Majuro

(Newser) - The shrimp and shark fisherman who says he spent more than a year adrift at sea before washing up at a remote Pacific atoll last week arrived in the Marshall Islands capital of Majuro today. The man, who previously identified himself as Jose Ivan, told officials his full name is... More »

Man Says He Spent 16 Months Lost at Sea

Jose Ivan washed ashore on a remote atoll this week after setting off in 2012

(Newser) - No, this isn't the plot of Life of Pi retold, but it sure sounds like it. A bearded, emaciated man wearing only tattered underpants washed onto a remote Pacific atoll in the Marshall Islands yesterday, and told the locals who found him he'd been floating at sea in... More »

Religious Family Abandons US ... Act of God Sends It Right Back

Sailed away to avoid gov't control

(Newser) - Fed up with what they saw as government interference in religion, an Arizona family decided to abandon America, get on a boat, and "see where God led us." Turns out, God led them ... right back to the US. Make of that what you will. The family, Hannah Gastonguay,... More »

Last Message From Ship: 'Sails Shredded'

Nina was moving slowly when she disappeared

(Newser) - There's a new ominous clue in the disappearance of the historic schooner Nina , indicating that the ship was limping along without much in the way of sails, traveling at just four knots. The last text message sent from the ship read as follows, the AP reports: "Thanks storm... More »

Missing American Sailors Presumed Sunk

No sign of schooner off New Zealand with 7 people aboard

(Newser) - Hope is fading for the six Americans and one Briton whose schooner went missing off New Zealand in nasty weather. Rescuers now think the 85-year-old wooden sailboat sank sometime after June 4, the last day authorities communicated with the vessel during a storm, reports the BBC . They're not giving... More »

US Schooner Vanishes Off New Zealand

The last eerie call came in June 3

(Newser) - Six Americans and a Brit have vanished without a trace on the high seas between New Zealand and Australia, aboard the 70-foot vessel the Nina, CNN reports.The crew was last heard from on June 4 while battling rough conditions—68mph gusts and waves as high as 26 feet—about... More »

Camera Lost in Hawaii Washes Ashore in Taiwan

...6 years later

(Newser) - A Georgia woman has been reunited with the camera she lost during a 2007 trip to Hawaii, which, amazingly, washed ashore in Taiwan. Lindsay Scallan says she was on a scuba diving trip when she lost her camera during a night dive. As CBS Atlanta reports, she had forgotten about... More »

Teens Rescued at Sea Were Chasing a Girl

They somehow survived for 50 days

(Newser) - It was a great story before, but now it's just epic: The three Pacific Island teenagers who were rescued after being lost at sea for 50 days had been on the trail of a cute girl. It seems she had caught their eye while visiting their island for a sports... More »

After 50 Days Lost at Sea, 3 Teens Rescued

Boys reportedly survived by eating a seagull

(Newser) - Three teens who have been missing in the South Pacific for 50 days—and were already eulogized in a memorial service—have been found alive by a New Zealand fishing boat. The boys, two 15-year-olds and a 14-year-old, disappeared while attempting to row between two islands in the New Zealand... More »

3 Lost When NFL Boat Flipped: Survivor

(Newser) - The missing fishing buddy rescued today off Florida's Gulf Coast told rescuers the boat was anchored when it flipped Saturday evening in rough seas and that the others got separated from the craft. The boat belongs to Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, who along with free-agent defensive lineman Corey Smith... More »

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