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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.
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.