Man survives 16 months adrift in the Pacific
A Mexican man washed up on a sparsely populated atoll in the Marshall Islands in a 24-foot fibreglass boat Thursday. Jose Ivan set sail from Mexico to El Salvador in September 2012. He had a companion who did not survive. He is believed to have drifted over 6000 miles. Ivan reportedly caught fish, turtles and birds by hand for nourishment, and drank turtle blood when there was no rain.
His boat was pretty banged up when he was pulled from the water by locals. He had long hair and a beard, and was severely emaciated. He is being cared for by local council while Mexican authorities send a boat as the only plane that can land on the small atoll is inoperable. There was a turtle in the boat when Ivan was rescued.
The journey across the Pacific from Mexico to the Marshall Islands is virtually an uninterrupted expanse of ocean. If he had not washed ashore on Ebon Atoll, he would have needed to travel a further 1000 miles or so to reach Papua New Guinea or the Solomon Islands.