Daily Mail An emaciated man whose boat washed up on a remote Pacific atoll this week claims he has survived 16 months adrift on the Pacific. The Spanish-speaking man believed to be named Jose Ivan was discovered by locals on Thursday when his 24-foot fibreglass boat with propeller-less engines floated onto the reef at Ebon Atoll. Ivan, who has long hair and beard, claims to have floated more than 12,500 kilometre (8,000 miles) from Mexico over the course of 16 months until he washed up on the tiny islands.’His condition isn’t good, but he’s getting better,’ Ola Fjeldstad, a Norwegian anthropology student doing research on Ebon, the southern most outpost of the Marshalls, told AFP by telephone. Fjeldstad said Ivan, dressed only in a pair of ragged underpants, claims he left Mexico for El Salvador in September 2012 with a companion who died at sea several months ago. Details of his survival are sketchy, Fjeldstad added, as Ivan only speaks Spanish.’The boat is really scratched up and looks like it has been in the water for a long time,’ said the researcher from Ebon. Ivan indicated to Fjeldstad that he survived by eating turtles, birds and fish and drinking turtle blood when there was no rain. No fishing gear was on the boat and Ivan suggested he caught turtles and birds with his bare hands. There was a turtle on the boat when it landed at Ebon.
Getting stranded on a boat in the middle of the ocean would be terrible, and Jose Ivan must have had some sort of shelter on board, because if not survival would be impossible. Being stuck on a boat and not being able to find land must be hell, and drinking turtle blood to stay hydrated is no way to live, but Jose Ivan was so close to doing something that has long been on my bucket list if he could only find land.
You see I want to get stranded in a desert island, by myself, to see how long I can live off the land and survive. Jose Ivan, you were so close to being able to live like Tom Hanks in Castaway, and testing yourself against nature. Of course it might be better to just get on the show Survivor, getting stranded with a bunch of hot southern chicks who need to snuggle for warmth, getting to compete in challenges and shit talk Jeff Probst. On second though maybe I’ll just try to get on the next season of Survivor.
P.S. I bet PETA comes after Jose Ivan for eating endangered sea turtles to survive.