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Castaway Lost At Sea For a Year Talked to His Friend’s Dead Body to Fight Loneliness

How a castaway survived his ordeal in his own words.


We often only hear stories about “castaways” or watch them in movies like the adventure drama film “Cast Away” with an iconic role played by Tom Hanks and famous novel turned movie “The Life of Pi.” Now what happens when “reel” becomes “real?” One survivor described his own experience as a castaway.

In November, 2012, 37-year-old Jose Alvarenga was reported missing off the coast of Chiapas, Mexico when he went fishing with 23-year-old Ezequiel Cordova. The two were on board a tiny boat with no shelter and were presumed to have drowned after a huge storm came down.

Both of them survived, at least for a while. Four months later, the younger man died. He barely eats causing him to shed more pounds, get sick after eating a raw seabird and eventually died. After four days of being alone, Alvarenga thought of committing suicide but his strong faith prevented him from doing so. To cope up with loneliness, he kept his friend’s dead body and talked to him.

Still not able to accept reality, he would ask his dead companion questions like,

‘How was your sleep?’
‘Have you had breakfast?’
‘Why had he died and not me? I had invited him to fish. I blamed myself for his death’, Alvarenga said.

Alvarenga hadn’t known Cordova before the fateful event. He paid the latter $50 to help him with the fishing trip and the two got along during the toughest days of their lives where they only have each other.

Here’s a photo of castaway survivor Jose Alvarenga after his ordeal.


Photo credit: Mail Online
The changes in his appearance are quite striking too.


Photo credit: AP/Foreign Affairs Department The Marshall Islands

His skin burned dry by too much sun and sea spray, his hair turned brown, long and tangled and he grew a beard.

After having spent 14 months, 8000 miles adrift in the Pacific ocean, he was finally rescued.


Photo credit: Google

He managed to survive by eating raw fish, birds and turtles–catching them using his bare hands. He also drank his own urine and blood of the turtles when there is no rainwater–all that it took to stay alive.

When asked what kept him sane after his ordeal,

‘When you need to eat, when you need to drink, you keep your mind alive. And you pray. I prayed to God all the time. I prayed to stay alive,’ he said.

His boat washed ashore in Ebon Atoll of the Marshall Islands where he was found by locals.


Photo credit: Getty Images

He said thoughts of his family gave him added resolve.

‘I thought about them all the time,’ he told MailOnline. ‘I think that by now they think that I am dead. So I want to go home and show them that I am alive. I thank God that I am here.’

Alvarenga was soon reunited with his family after he was flown back home to El Salvador. Many people couldn’t believe how he is still alive and he couldn’t either, especially having to go through such an incredible voyage–the fear, loneliness, trauma and hardships that he encountered.

H/T: Metro


A Chinese Fast-Attack Submarine Stalked a US Aircraft Carrier For “Half A Day”

That’s one helluva stalker!

According to recent reports, a Chinese fast-attack submarine just stalked the USS Ronald Reagan. The incident happened last October 24 off the coast of Japan and a US official has been quoted describing it as “more than a brief encounter” because it lasted for “at least half a day.” No information has been given about how close the submarine was to the American aircraft carrier.

Probabilities point out that the submarine was a Project 636, an Improved Kilo class which has been one of the ten bought by China from Russia back in 1994. This type of submarine is powered by diesel electric and is designed to be very stealthy. Noise is greatly reduced by the use of sound-isolated engine and anechoic-coated outer hull. The Chinese Improved Kilo subs are often based in Xiangshan.

USS Ronald Reagan crew members were completely clueless they were being followed by a Chinese submarine.

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CCTV Footage Shows Sinkhole Swallows 5 Victims At Bus Stop in China

This is pretty scary!

This is pretty scary!

A CCTV footage recently surfaced online, showing five commuters in Harbin City, China falling into a massive sinkhole when the ground underneath them suddenly collapsed.

As you will see on the video below, all the people were completely clueless of the tragedy that awaits them. They were simply standing at the bus stop when the sinkhole swallowed them without warning.

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Martian Mystery Solved! NASA Explains What Happened to Water on Mars

NASA has identified the main culprit for the disappearance of water on Mars.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) just announced that they've found the answer to one of the biggest questions about Mars — thanks to the data gathered by the Mars, Atmosphere, and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft. You see, MAVEN has been orbiting the Red Planet since 2014 and its recorded observations ultimately revealed some planet-shaking truths.

Based on past findings of various unmanned Martian missions, scientists have found clues that Mars was a habitable planet much like Earth about 4.3 billion years ago. It had oceans that were believed to be deeper than the Arctic Ocean.

The Red Planet is now a vast desert...but it wasn't always that way.


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