Salvadoran sea survivor to meet dead man’s family
SAN SALVADOR, Mexico (AP) — A Salvadoran fisherman who says he spent 13 months adrift at sea is planning to go to Mexico to speak with the family of a young companion who died early into the voyage.
A lawyer for Jose Salvador Alvarenga says the fisherman is fulfilling a promise he made to young Ezequiel Cordoba, who he said died about a month into the ordeal because he couldn’t stomach the diet of raw fish, turtles and birds.
Lawyer Benedicto Perlea said Thursday Cordoba and Alvarenga had “made a pact” that whoever survived would tell the other’s family what happened.
Cordoba’s relatives have said they don’t blame Alvarenga, whose boat washed up in the Marshall islands in early February.
But the family says they want Alvarenga, to tell them about Cordoba’s last words.