Alvarenga: “The hardest thing I had to do to survive was to drink my own urine.”
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Pacific castaway says dreams of family, food sustained himA castaway who says he survived 13 months adrift in the Pacific said Tuesday he thought about suicide but was sustained by dreams of eating his favorite food – tortillas – and reuniting with his family.Fisherman Jose Salvador Alvarenga also described being forced to dump the body of his teenage companion overboard when he starved to death, but said his own strong religious faith helped as he drifted some 12,500 kilometers from Mexico to the Marshall Islands.The stockily built Alvarenga looked in remarkably good physical shape when he arrived in the Marshalls capital Majuro five days after landing on the remote Ebon Atoll.However, extraordinary feats of survival are not uncommon in the Pacific.Speaking from hospital Alvarenga said he would dream of eating all his favorite foods as he drifted across the Pacific.Alvarenga said he tried to keep track of time as the sun moved across the sky but weeks and months eventually blurred.
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