Man’s incredible survival story: One year free-floating across the Pacific

It’s hard enough to survive being stranded at sea in a small fiberglass vessel longer than any person in recorded history. But it’s even harder to prove your story is true.

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That was the conundrum Jose Salvador Alvarenga faced upon his harrowing return to civilization after a record, near-14 months free-floating 9,000 miles across the Pacific.

But the more Franklin dug, the more Alvarenga’s story tracked. “He was a well-known and beloved coastal fisherman with a history of surviving against the odds,” Franklin says.


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