A fisherman spent 440 days in a small boat amid the open sea and survived

A fisherman spent 440 days in a small boat amid the open sea and survived

On the 17th of November, 2012, Jose Alvarenga made for the open sea. He just wanted to catch some sharks and come back in a couple of days, but his fishing trip took about 14 months. These were 440 days of despair without food, fresh water and people.


Popular movies tell us stories about lucky people who spend many days lost in the ocean and manage to survive. We watch such thrilling movies with great interest but do not believe that it's really possible. And still it is!

On Thursday afternoon, January 30, 2014, a married couple who lived on one of the Marshall Islands heard a blood-curdling scream. They rushed to the beach and saw a skinny hairy man in ragged underwear. The man was so exhausted that he wasn't able to utter a word. He lay on the ground and kept repeating a name that was apparently his own: "Jose, Jose".

Sometime later, after the fisherman got better, he told a shocking story of his survival. It appeared that Jose, a native of EL Salvador, together with his friend Esekiel made out for the sea from a small village in South Mexico, but already in the first evening they got in a heavy storm and lost their way home.

Esekiel wasn't so fortunate as his friend and died from thirst and hunger after a month of sufferings. Since that moment the merciless sun and horizonless ocean had been the only Jose's companions.

In order to survive the man caught sea birds and tortoises; he drank rainwater, tortoises' blood and even his own urine.

One day he saw a big ship, but the crew didn't notice him and the fisherman's despair became almost irresistible. He even wanted to kill himself but had no courage. So, when the sea cast him ashore after 14 months, he was the happiest man in the world!

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filmnut
What an amazing story. Usually there is cannibalism involved in a story like this. I'm so glad he didn't kill himself. I don't know if you could make a movie about this. Gulliver's Travels and Tom Bank's "Castaway" has fairly covered the subject !
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Aug 23, 2015 12:58AM
Dewayne Tillman
Dewayne Tillman
most of us Americans think we have it bad when we can't pay our light bill or have a decent meal but wow what the hell of a story on my heart goes out to this gentleman makes one think just how lucky one is really
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Aug 24, 2015 8:37PM
Vasily Tchaikovsky
Vasily Tchaikovsky
Timothy right -a lot of cannibalism involved in a story like this,his friend was definetely not so fortunate,no friends at situation like this !!!
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Aug 25, 2015 12:31AM
Kelle Parman Janci
Kelle Parman Janci
He looks like Robin Wiiliams. From Cast-a-Vey
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Aug 25, 2015 2:26AM
Happy Elaine Sumpter
Kelle Parman Janci
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Aug 25, 2015 5:29PM
Happy Elaine Sumpter
Kelle Parman Janci I thought that was Tom Hanks in cast away.
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Aug 25, 2015 5:30PM
Sonny Hollub Jr.
Sonny Hollub Jr.
Indeed on the Hanks in Castaway. I always thought his part in that movie should have been his third best actor Oscar. Job well done.
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Aug 30, 2015 8:01PM
Frankye Charli'smama Taylor
Wow...God Bless..sounds like many fisherman stories....i know he ate his friend for survival...glad he was found
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Jul 11, 2016 2:59PM
Susana Crews
What a fascinating story!
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Sep 20, 2016 1:23AM
Christa Bruederlin
your right kelle
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Jul 14, 2017 1:05PM
Gale McCoy
That was an incredible story! So happy for Jose that he survived!
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Jul 16, 2017 8:11PM

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