Salvadorean castaway Jose Salvador Alvarenga speaks to journalists in an ambulance on his way to San Rafael hospital in Santa Tecla, El Salvador on February 11, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / Marvin Recinos)
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After medical checks, Alvarenga, 37, was able to see his mother, Maria Julia Alvarenga, and father, Ricardo Orellana, and his 14-year-old daughter, Fatima.Alvarenga says he survived a 12,500-kilometer odyssey in a seven-meter fiberglass boat by eating raw fish and birds while drinking turtle blood and his own urine when rainwater was lacking.A 24-year-old companion died four months into the ordeal, which ended when Alvarenga landed in an atoll on Jan. 30 .Wearing a dark blue T-shirt, khaki pants and sneakers and sporting a clean shave and new haircut, Alvarenga covered his eyes with one hand as he looked out and was soon after wheeled away.Alvarenga was living on Mexico's southern coast when he says he went on the ill-fated shark-fishing trip in late 2012 .Alvarenga told AFP last week that his crewmate, Ezequiel Cordoba, could not stomach the unusual diet and starved to death.
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