How 1 Man Survived Being Lost 438 Days at Sea

How 1 Man Survived Being Lost 438 Days at Sea


This video is made possible by Curiosity Stream. watch any of their more than 2000 documentaries for free by visiting Curiositystream.com/reallifelore. The Pacific Ocean is mind-bogglingly big if you started here off the coast of northern Chile and dug a hole straight through the earth and came out on the other side you discover that you’d still be in the Pacific Ocean in the South China Sea the Pacific covers about One-third of Earth’s entire surface and it’s bigger than all of the land on earth combined Except for a few scattered islands. That’s also mostly empty which means that if you’re ever unfortunate enough to get lost here There’s a very good chance that nobody will ever find you which makes the story of Jose Salvador Alvarenga and his rescue all the more fascinating He currently holds a world record that he achieved on Accident and that probably nobody wants to beat the longest time spent being lost at sea against all odds He somehow survived being lost for 438 days in the Pacific so his record probably won’t be beaten anytime soon But how did he do it the answers lie in how his misadventure began in 2012? Alvarenga was an experienced fisherman in Mexico on November 17th He and another guy named Ezekiel Cordoba departed together on their small fishing boat from the tiny fishing village of Costa Azul on the Mexican Pacific coast They planned to only work for a 30 hour fishing shift so their boat was pretty small and not at all equipped for the Nightmare that would come it was basically a canoe with no roof or cabin was only seven meters long and only had one small motor and a refrigerator for storing their fish they knew that a storm was coming near the area but Fishermen in these parts of Mexico can earn enough money in a day to support themselves for an entire week So they decided to take their chances and traveled 120 kilometers away from the coast to work at 1:00 a.m The storm hit them and was threatening to sink their boats in a panic that the two men cut their fishing lines and dropped everything They catch and most of their gear overboard to make themselves more maneuverable. They were 6 hours away from the coast So they traveled through the storm and the night in a desperate attempt to get back by 7:00 a.m There were only 24 kilometers away from the coast and could see mountains on the horizon but then Awful luck struck them and their motor died Without any paddles oars or sails the unusually strong wind began pushing their boat back out towards the ocean They’re on board radio still thankfully worked so they frantically reported their position to their boss who responded saying that he was coming but their battery died and all they heard afterwards was silence imagine the frustration that they must have both felt in that moment as their radio died in all Contact with the outside world with it and as they watched the mountains in the horizon that they were so close to slowly Disappear as their boat that they were trapped on gradually was pushed back out into the vast abyss Their boss did organize a search party to look for them for days But as their boat drifted further out into the vastness of the Pacific it got harder and harder So they eventually were forced to give up just five days later. The winds had already blown them 450 kilometers off the coast before finally settling down They were surrounded by nothing but ocean in every direction and their boat was so small They knew that they probably would never be spotted from the air They had no flare gun or any other way to signal for help other than by waving so they knew that their chances of survival Were going to be slim they had no supplies left on board So they were forced to catch tiny fish or birds that landed on their boat with their bare hands for food They grabbed plastic bottles that they found floating nearby them and used them to collect rainwater for drinking water But during long periods of no rain They were forced to mostly drink the blood of turtles that they caught with their hands or their own urine imagine going day after day month after month in a tiny box with only one other person to talk to and the only other ways to entertain yourselves being catching fish or napping It’s easy to understand how somebody could go insane under these conditions which according to Alvarenga story his friend Did the other guy Cordoba gave up? hope about four months into their isolation and became Suicidal he got sick from all of the raw food that they were eating and refused to eat and eventually starve to death Alvarenga was then all alone in the middle of nowhere with no other human in sight as far as the horizon could see a tiny speck inside of the enormous Pacific and as you can see from this shipping map the Central Pacific where he was somewhere at is a Very quiet part of the world ships rarely come through this area But even still he claims to have encountered one when he was alone a cargo ship Apparently passed right by him and four men on board spotted him and waved But they just kept moving past him and never even bothered to stop Imagine how frustrated he would have been again If you were lost for months you were all alone and you finally spotted rescue But they just ignored you and kept on moving 11 months in and Alvarenga had traveled about 8,000 kilometers across the ocean in his tiny little boat His clothes were shredded and he only had a sweatshirt to protect himself against the Sun but finally on the 30th of January 2014 he spotted coconuts bobbing around his boat and Birds landing around him He knew that land was near and after drifting some more he discovered an island that appeared to be uninhabited it took him half a day just adrift near the shore when he Finally jumped out of his boat and left its safety for the first time in over a year He swam ashore and discovered a house and when he knocked he made Contact with the first other humans since he left his village in Mexico 438 days ago and after traveling nearly 11,000 kilometers to put into perspective just how far away that is Imagine starting in a tiny boat in Lisbon Portugal and traveling less than one mile per hour Until you drifted across the land to her Oshima, Japan Alvarenga ended up washing ashore on the ebon atoll which is the southern tip of the Marshall Islands and one of the most remote spots On the planet had he missed this spot the next likely stop for him would have been the Philippines nearly 5000 more kilometers away and since it took him 438 days to travel roughly 11,000 kilometers. It probably would have taken him about 240 more days to hit the Philippines Fortunately for him though He somehow landed on this tiny tiny speck in the middle of the biggest ocean on earth and got himself Rescued because of it later He was flown back to his home in El Salvador Where he published a book and got himself sued by the family of his friend who died on the boat? Because they claimed that he probably ate him So the lesson is even if you survive more than a year stranded at sea You could still end up getting sued over something that you may or may not have actually done while you were out there but if you’re like me and the ocean terrifies you so much that you’ll never actually go but You want to learn more about the terrifying scale and the weird creatures that live there Anyway, you can learn more from the comfort of your phone or PC in your own home by checking out Curiosity stream next Curiosity stream is the first streaming service that exclusively streams documentaries and educational videos, So if you like watching poorly made educational videos on this channel You’ll love professionally made ones over there that I love like the deep ocean series narrated by David Attenborough or the destination Mars series chronicling How humans will move to Mars. 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100 thoughts on “How 1 Man Survived Being Lost 438 Days at Sea

  1. Even if he did eat his boatmate. They were in martial law. Out on the ocean, you can do whatever you want.

  2. “Woh, I’ve probably have gone through the most life threatening expedition of my life people will be so proud of me”

    Th other person’s family: NO

  3. Wow that family is the biggest shits of humanity on the entire planet. Hope there is a special place in hell ready for them

  4. The best bit was “the man started to lose hope after four months abandoned”” jeeez I would’ve lost it after five days smh

  5. I refuse to believe that someone assumed that a man who survived 438 days at sea on a boat who had his friend starve himself to death and drink urine and blood and RAW MEAT which is ridiculed with infections ate his friend and SUE HIM.
    Humans are seriously messed up. I understand that you’d be upset but what is necessary is necessary, and on top of this, they just ASSUMED HE ATE HIS FRIEND.

  6. You can only imagine how this man broke down when he saw another human face after all that time. His mind must have been near it’s limits of monotony. To see another human must have invoked a gush of emotions

  7. You should make a video about the flight that crashed in the Andes in 1972 Uruguayan Air force Flight 571

  8. Lost at sea: 438 days
    Life: Changed
    Wife: Remarried
    Debt: $100 000
    Job: Lost

    *You already know what most comments will be

  9. the only reason they sued him is because he got a bunch of money from the book and what ever interviews or talk shows he appeared on and they probably figured they were entitled because their relative died , and im sure he ate him

  10. In 2001 i got lost at the ocean for only 18 days, the Indian ocean between australia and Indonesia, I am from Iraq.

  11. How do you get sued for something you MIGHT of done, any legal person that might read this please explain the legal terms because this is bugging me

  12. I want a movie about him!!!!! "Cast Away 2: Adrift" or simply "438 Days" and that thumbnail could be the movie cover or poster or both!

  13. Sounds like Bull Sh*t to me! Unless you are retelling the story wrong. 1- drinking turtles blood; They found turtles (amphibians) how many miles into this very remote ocean? 2- They go fishing 75 miles out in a 23 foot boat! So figuring they eventually wanted to come home at a round trip of 150 miles , their boat must of been loaded with extra fuel? My boat gets 5 miles per gallon approx. and its smaller and probably more fuel efficient (than a bigger boat) . With my regular gas tank my range is 75 miles. They must have been pretty desperate to go fishing and be walking around extra fuel containers the whole trip. 3- They talked to there boss on a two-way radio; Marine radio range is not like a cell phone, Unless his boss had a 400 foot antenna tower (I doubt it) the range is only going to be 6-12 miles. Is this fake news ? I saw other videos about this crazy fisherman.

  14. Me: <Goes to the Amazon with a friend>
    Also me: <Comes out of Amazon without friend>
    Crazy Mom of Friend: "I will sue you, take all you money for EATING MY SON."
    Me: "Bruh, really.

  15. As if the men on that container ship just waved and kept going,my man on the little boat must have been absolutely gutted. You just can't imagine that type of disappointment.

  16. See a guy in a tiny boat 3,000 miles from anywhere and you think he’s on a pleasure cruise?!? Wow those people were incredibly stupid….did his beard, ragged clothing ect not give away he was cast away? Fuck people are stupid.

  17. He should have gone back onto the sea and made a living as gondolier from island to island : all he would have needed is a good gps.

  18. Alvarega: YES I SURVIVED YES EL SALVADORAN PRIDE BITCHES

    Ezekiel's Family: ur sued cuz u ate ezekiel

    Alvarega: ……*are you absolutely kidding me*

  19. Fuck that would be scary. Floating on a small boat in a huge ocean at night in pitch dark. Knowing their are animals big enough to brake that boat. Couldn't imagine.

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