Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A Three Hour Tour...

Castaway claims he drifted 13 months in Pacific
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.

The man calling himself Jose Salvador Alvarenga turned up in a heavily damaged boat on a remote coral atoll in the Marshall Islands, claiming that he had been living off fish and turtles he had caught and relying on rainwater, and sometimes his own urine, to drink.
Yeah. Just *TRY* to get the Gilligan's Island theme out of your head. I know I sure can't...

This reminded me of the Kon Tiki, Thor Heyedahl's primitive raft that he used in the 1940s to illustrate the possibility of South American natives colonizing islands in the South Pacific. The story always fascinated me, probably because it was bug nuts insane. Imagine living for months at a time on the open sea in this:


Yeah, I couldn't either.

That is all.

4 comments:

Bob said...

The news stories are all remarking at how healthy and well-fed the castaway appears, even though he's been at sea for 13 months. They also all mention that he originally had a boatmate...

Anonymous said...

He originally had a boatmate (who was delicious with some canapes and a nice chianti).

The Marshalls have another claim to fame. Entiwok is the site of the H bomb tests. Not someplace he'd like to visit, I'm sure.

Joseph in IL

Sitting right back to hear a tale.... Darn you Jay, darn you to heck.

Old NFO said...

Stinks... In spades...

Dave H said...

Do you figure he'll be arrested for eating endangered turtles?