A man, Jose Ivan, who washed up on a reef in the Marshall Islands in a 24-foot fiberglass boat extraordinarily emaciated and wearing only ragged underwear claims he survived by eating fish and drinking turtle blood. Ivan reports that he and a friend left Mexico for El Salvador before becoming stranded at sea for a year.
Marshall Islands police commissioner George Lanwi said its “hard to buy” Ivan’s claim that he drifted the 8,000 miles from Mexico, but also admits no one in the Marshall Islands speaks Spanish fluently to understand what Ivan is saying.
Ivan had been taken to the Marshall Islands main island of Majuro for medical treatment and questioning.
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