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Castaway claims he drifted
13 months in Pacific

CNN, by Brian Walker

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Posted By:Scottyboy, 2/3/2014 12:39:10 PM

A mysterious castaway claiming to have been lost at sea for 13 months is now safely back on land, but many questions remain about how he could have lived on his small boat for so long as it drifted across the Pacific Ocean.(snip)People on the island where he was found Thursday say the 26-foot fiberglass boat was in very bad condition, covered in barnacles and with the carcasses of several turtles littering the deck. Alvarengo claims to have set off from a port near the southwestern Mexican city of Tapachula, near the border with Guatemala, for what was supposed to be

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Reply 1 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 2/3/2014 12:47:03 PM     (No. 9717580)

FTA: "He´s in much better shape than one would expect after such an ordeal," Armbruster said.

Yes, he sure is. Not buying it, myself.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: JLoophole, 2/3/2014 12:51:22 PM     (No. 9717593)

I don´t know a thing about a persons mental state in a long term castaway situation, but It seems weird that he can remember that a year ago his boat mate died, but can´t recall family names or his village? Color me skeptical. I promise to eat my words if this is not a hoax.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: NYBruin, 2/3/2014 1:05:01 PM     (No. 9717620)

Tomorrow´s reality TV star. . .

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Grady, 2/3/2014 1:09:04 PM     (No. 9717626)

I didn´t know the Rio Grande was that big.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: troutgreen, 2/3/2014 1:28:09 PM     (No. 9717664)

Ummm hmmmm...

Gotta remember this one next time I want to disappear for a day or so.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: dvc, 2/3/2014 1:30:36 PM     (No. 9717667)

He was on a fishing expedition, so I presume plenty of fishing gear. That makes fish, turtles and using them for bait, seagulls, on the food list pretty reliably. The main issue would be water. If you had a 1 inch rainfall into a 22ft by 5 foot area, this 68 gallons (assuming 22x5 ft capture area). Even half of this capture area would only require a 1 inch rain per month to get him over a gallon of water per day captured in the boat.
Seems fairly plausible to me. Lots of fish and enough water.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Muncssister, 2/3/2014 1:38:52 PM     (No. 9717686)

It could be a hoax or it could just be a miracle. I wonder if he venerated a particular saint while he was floating out there?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Videodrone, 2/3/2014 2:20:09 PM     (No. 9717752)

On one hand Thor Heyerdahl proved it was possible back in ´47 but every one I´ve seen that spent any time in the open ocean specially in the tropics (and with red hair!) was sun burnt - if, according the article he had no clothing he does not show any signs of prolonged exposure to the elements

would like to see the condition of the boat

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Reply 9 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/3/2014 2:25:40 PM     (No. 9717760)

Doubts are growing, however:

http://tinyurl.com/n68bsam

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Reply 10 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 2/3/2014 2:28:20 PM     (No. 9717765)

As noted above, look at the complexion. 13 months of glare off the water and you wouldn´t be recognizable.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Screwgun, 2/3/2014 3:16:08 PM     (No. 9717831)

Maybe he was really hiking in the Appalachian Mountains.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: coldoc, 2/3/2014 3:18:58 PM     (No. 9717835)

That he had named the boat "minnow" was over the top.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: norcalvet, 2/3/2014 3:43:11 PM     (No. 9717863)

I´m with the skeptics here. Too fat, too pale, too good a shape to have been adrift for over a year. No skin splits on lips/face, this guy is a phony.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Cherrybark, 2/3/2014 4:00:01 PM     (No. 9717884)

Take a look at Steve Callahan on the cover of his book, "Adrift", after 76 days at sea. By the way, this is an excellent book. It is very interesting to watch him grow from someone desperate for rescue into someone determined to live by his own means.

http://tinyurl.com/q7vvm6h

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Reply 15 - Posted by: bikerken, 2/5/2014 2:17:00 PM     (No. 9720674)

As someone who has spent 20 years in the US Navy and have spent up to five solid months at sea without seeing land myself, I´m not buying it. No way he would have been able to gather enough fresh water to survive. Also he would be seriously more sun burnt and have signs of exposure far more that he looks. Also, he would be a lot thinner. I have seen people picked out of the ocean, I picked up Vietnamese refugees in the Yellow Sea, this guy is a phony. Trust me, he is making some cash out of this somehow. He would be skin and bones and burnt dark red if any of this was true.

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