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First words of naked Pacific castaway to islanders after he claimed to have spent 14 MONTHS adrift.
dailymail. ^ | 3 February 2014 | By Richard Shears and Karen Earnshaw

Posted on 02/04/2014 4:55:14 AM PST by dennisw

EXCLUSIVE: 'Tortilla, tortilla!' First words of naked Pacific castaway to islanders after he claimed to have spent 14 MONTHS adrift. 'Miracle Man' tells more of his incredible story

Jose Salvador Alvarenga had an emotional phone conversation with his mother and brothers today Dr Roner Mendoza, who is treating him, said he has liver problems and edema - a swelling of the legs - which could explain his bloated appearance A new image shows Alvarenga as a young man, beaming at the camera It is worlds apart from the bedraggled and bloated figure he cuts now Skeptics are questioning whether his broken-down boat could have traveled 8,000 miles in 14 months

Alvarenga's incredible story is not being doubted by US officials in the Marshall Islands - even as some cast doubt on his claims - and as new details emerged of his life at sea today his account has gained credibility.

It was also learned today that when Alvarenga was offered food by the kindly villagers on Ebon atoll he raised his hands at the plate of coconuts and papaya.

'Tortilla! Tortilla!' he cried, pleading for a taste of his own traditional food.

A resident of Ebon atoll also revealed that when Alvarenga saw two women when he first came ashore he was not wearing tattered shorts but was completely naked.

He told of catching small sea birds and breaking their necks and decapitating them in order to drink their blood and how he would hide under a large box on the deck to protect himself from the sun and say prayers for deliverance.

Speaking through an interpreter, he said he had set out for a day's fishing with his friend's son, Ezekiel, aged 15, in their 23ft boat with a 75hp outboard motor.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


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1 posted on 02/04/2014 4:55:14 AM PST by dennisw
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To: dennisw

Those pics of him. Just wow. I’ll bet that Coke he’s holding is the best tasting soda he’s enjoyed well, in 14 months!


2 posted on 02/04/2014 5:08:20 AM PST by poobear (Socialism in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: dennisw

Some began to doubt his story after he mumbled something about a soccer ball named “Wilson.”


3 posted on 02/04/2014 5:17:24 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: dennisw

BS story......guy looks too damn good for that amount of time....IMHO!!!!


4 posted on 02/04/2014 5:43:19 AM PST by ontap
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To: dennisw

http://www.ussatlanta.com/stories/Juneasstoryfay.htm

This is the narrative by my Uncle Joe...a real-life castaway, post the Battle of Guadalcanal. It is a long read, but will leave you with a deep appreciation for those that serve.

**TEN MEN OUT OF 700.**


5 posted on 02/04/2014 5:57:03 AM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: dennisw

There is no way that guy spent that time in a small boat. He’s obviously pretty healthy. No dehydration, no starvation, a trimmed beard, a healthy head of hair. He doesn’t even have a sun tan!
We need to go back to a time when newspapers had editors who would ask such questions as “is this guy lying?, is this story true?” (Picture Lou Grant.) Now we just have reporters rushing to put any thing any wack job says into the news cycle. The odds of that guy being some demented, attention hungry, psyc job are way better than he did what he said.


6 posted on 02/04/2014 6:03:04 AM PST by The Public Eye
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To: dennisw

Yo quiero Taco Bell


7 posted on 02/04/2014 6:05:43 AM PST by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: dennisw

Got a virus warning on that page.


8 posted on 02/04/2014 7:01:05 AM PST by bgill
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To: ontap

Thor Heyerdahl, who sailed the Kon Tiki and the Ra across the Pacific and Atlantic found you could survive on flying fish, provided you had water from rain.

I remember reading of a Chinese steward, Poon Lim, who survived the torpedoing of his ship in WWII and survived for months in the Atlantic.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poon_Lim

Now, if Jose Salvador Alvarenga had only had a piece of floatstam to float on he probably would not have made it, but he had a complete but broke fishing boat.


9 posted on 02/04/2014 7:22:08 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Daffynition
...will leave you with a deep appreciation for those that serve.

Absolutely agree. I had to read it in stages 'cause the darn screen would get so blurry. God bless him and ALL who served (my own Dad and Uncle Joe, too). So glad I took the time to read it.

10 posted on 02/04/2014 7:30:28 AM PST by azishot
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To: Daffynition

great recounting

wish I was on one of those islands this minute


11 posted on 02/04/2014 7:35:50 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: azishot

How he came back from service, after that and resumed a normal life, I’ll never know.

This story gives meaning to the word *hero.*


12 posted on 02/04/2014 7:53:08 AM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: dennisw

Someone saw the movie, Life of Pi.


13 posted on 02/04/2014 7:55:03 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: yldstrk

Thank you.

Amazing how an average-joe ascends to greatness in the blink of an eye.


14 posted on 02/04/2014 7:55:07 AM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: dennisw
"First words of naked Pacific castaway to islanders after he claimed to have spent 14 MONTHS adrift."


15 posted on 02/04/2014 8:01:23 AM PST by PLMerite
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To: dennisw

From the headline you’d think his first words were, “Somebody hand me a pair of pants!”


16 posted on 02/04/2014 8:02:21 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Daffynition

I am guessing parts of this dude’s story are true, he was fishing, he was adrift for some short period of time, but he is also nuts


17 posted on 02/04/2014 8:14:54 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

The press will spend more time on investigating this, than they should on the IRS or Benghazi....that we can count on.

How many times has that actor died in NYC due to a heroin OD in the past few days? Every time the newz is on, he is mentioned. I said, *Oh, he died again today?*


18 posted on 02/04/2014 8:38:29 AM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: Daffynition

yes the press is depraved


19 posted on 02/04/2014 8:40:43 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: PLMerite

lol


20 posted on 02/04/2014 8:46:51 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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