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Mysterious Castaway Jose Salvador Alvarenga Claims He Spent 13 Months Adrift In The Pacific Without The Help Of A Bloodied Volleyball. Suspicious…

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Jose Salvador Alvarenga claims he survived more than a year adrift in the Pacific Ocean before washing up in a heavily damaged boat on a remote coral atoll in the Marshall Islands.

Alvarenga said he left Mexico on Dec, 2012 to embark on a shark-catching expedition with a youth named Ezekiel. Everything was going swimmingly until some strong winds blew them off course and they became lost. According to Alvarenga, the young boy, described as 15- to 18-years old, died a few weeks into the ordeal because he could not eat raw bird meat. Alvarenga, on the other hand, lived comfortably off fish and turtles he had caught and relied on rainwater, bird blood, and sometimes his own urine, to quench his thirst.

After 13 months of chewing turtles and drinking piss, Alvarenga and his 26-foot fiberglass boat washed up on the sparsely populated Ebon Atoll – 8,800 kilometers away from the Mexican port he left from. Meh, still better than a Royal Caribbean Cruise.

“I had just killed a bird to eat and saw some trees,” he is quoted as saying.

“I cried, ‘Oh, God.’ I got to land and had a mountain of sleep. In the morning, I woke up and heard a rooster and saw chickens and saw a small house. I saw two native women screaming and yelling. I didn’t have any clothes; I was only in my underwear, and they were ripped and torn.”

The 37 year old was found disoriented and bushy-bearded. Unable to speak English, Alvarenga communicated to his rescuers through pictures and gestures – because apparently getting a Spanish translator was too much of a hassle.

After Alvarenga recounted his harrowing tale of survival, some experts gave each other the side-eye and called bullsh*t on his story.

“It’s hard for me to imagine someone surviving 13 months at sea,” said Ambassador Tom Armbruster in Majuro. “But it’s also hard to imagine how someone might arrive on Ebon out of the blue. Certainly this guy has had an ordeal, and has been at sea for some time.”

Gee Bing, the acting secretary of foreign affairs for the Marshall Islands, was also somewhat skeptical of the castaway’s account after speaking with him on Monday.

“It does sound like an incredible story, and I’m not sure if I believe his story,” Bing said. “When we saw him, he was not really thin compared to other survivors in the past. I may have some doubts. Once we start communicating with where he’s from, we’ll be able to find out more information.”

Yeah, he totally ate that teenager. Ezeeeekieeeel!!!!!!

Via: ABC News

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