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