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Castaway who survived for 13 months adrift at sea is finally allowed to leave hospital.

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Castaway who survived for 13 months adrift at sea is finally allowed to leave hospital… but is staying at a HOTEL rather than returning to his family

  • Jose Salvador Alvarenga was helped by two people as he greeted news media
  • Survivor declined to take questions during appearance
  • Alvarenga’s health is in decline and doctors are concerned about his kidneys

By Associated Press
The Salvadoran man who says he spent more than a year drifting across the Pacific Ocean before making landfall in the Marshall Islands is too weak to travel and will remain in the island nation for a while, an official said Saturday.

Diego Dalton, an official with El Salvador’s embassy in Tokyo, said Jose Salvador Alvarenga’s health was ‘very frail’ and that he would not return home until he was able to make the journey.

Alvarenga, 37, washed ashore late last month. He was taken last week to the Marshall Islands’ capital, Majuro, where he has been resting at a hotel.


Weak: Jose Salvador Alvarenga sits on a couch in Majuro in the Marshall Islands, after he was rescued from being washed ashore on the tiny atoll of Ebon in the Pacific Ocean

New look: Looking clean shaven Alvarenga spoke briefly in a low voice, thanking the government and his friends for their help

Unwell: The fisherman needed help walking and spoke in a low voice during a brief appearance. He is being treated for dehydration and doctors are concerned he may catch infections as a result of his first human contact in over a year

Castaway anxious to return home after year adrift

Boat: The skiff that Alvarenga claims he was marooned on for 13 months

Dalton arrived in Majuro late Friday and met with Alvarenga and local officials.

‘At this moment, there are no travel plans or definite itinerary,’ Dalton told reporters Saturday. “His return will depend of when his health allows the long journey back.’

Dalton did not comment further on Alvarenga’s condition.
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