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Animal Planet Crew Saves Near-Death Castaway

Australian was stranded on remote island without water

(Newser) - The crew of Animal Planet show River Monsters was searching for a "giant grouper" fish on a remote island in Australia last November. Instead, they found a castaway of sorts. "We saw this blue and white plastic cooler box sitting on some rocks, which we thought was a... More »

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 »

Castaway: Sailors Waved, Didn't Help Me

Jose Alvarenga recounts ordeal, asks to be left alone

(Newser) - Jose Salvador Alvarenga's apparent 13 months adrift in the Pacific Ocean may now be over, but his lengthy trip could have been cut a lot shorter, he says. Since returning to his home in El Salvador , Alvarenga has told doctors several large ships passed by his small fishing boat... More »

Castaway Arrives Home a Celebrity

Fisherman back in El Salvador after 13 months adrift

(Newser) - A fisherman who says he spent 13 months drifting across the Pacific Ocean finally made it home to El Salvador last night and was overwhelmed by the welcome. Jose Salvador Alvarenga was met by family members, government officials, and dozens of journalists. He attempted to address the media but was... 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 »

New Photos Resurrect Amelia Earhart Mystery

Lost images could prove she lived as castaway on Pacific island

(Newser) - The question of what happened to pilot Amelia Earhart when she disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 has long remained a mystery. But a box of photos recently uncovered in the archives of a New Zealand museum could hold the answer. Some researchers believe Earhart and her... More »

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