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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Salvador castaway is mentally fragile, doctors say

Jose Salvador Alvarenga holds a microphone intending to speak, after arriving at the airport in San Salvador, El Salvador, Tuesday. Alvarenga was wheeled in a wheelchair before a crush of more than 100 mostly foreign journalists. But when handed the microphone, he held it in silence. The 37-year-old says he survived more than a year on a small boat drifting from Mexico across the Pacific Ocean to the Marshall Islands.