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Thursday, February 6, 2014

A year adrift on the Pacific? A medical Q and A

A man identifying himself as 37-year-old 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. Alvarenga told officials that he left Mexico in December 2012 for a day of shark fishing and ended up surviving 13 months on fish, birds and turtles before washing ashore on the remote Marshall Islands thousands of miles away.