Shipwrecked Man Reaches Land After 16 Months

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How would you survive over a year adrift? Most of us in the modern, industrialized world don’t have the survival skills necessary to do so!

Jose Ivan, apparently set off from Mexico, a man, who speaks only Spanish, set off for El Salvador back in September of 2012 with a friend who died only a few months ago at sea. The man survived by capturing and eating wild turtles, birds and fish as he floated along the Pacific.

“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,” Ola Fjeldstad, a Norwegian anthropology student.

Ivan landed on the Marshall Islands, which sums up his trip to be about 8,000 miles in total, a circuit of islands in the Pacific that are populated by about 60,000 people. Ivan is currently staying at the local council house where he is, slowly, recovering from his 16 months of floating adrift on the Pacific ocean.


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