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Castaway's claim garners support from UH researchers

By Marcel Honoré

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 13, 2014

Data from the same computer modeling used to track tsunami debris support the improbable, harrowing account of a Salvadoran fisherman who says he survived more than a year adrift at sea before his boat washed ashore in the Marshall Islands, University of Hawaii researchers say. "In principle, yes, it's realistic" that Jose Salvador Alvarenga would have landed nearly two weeks ago on Ebon Atoll, in the southern stretch of those islands, after being swept into the open sea off the Mexican coast in December 2012, said UH scientific computer programmer Jan Hafner.

Data from the same computer modeling used to track tsunami debris support the improbable, harrowing account of a Salvadoran fisherman who says he survived more than a year adrift at sea before his boat washed ashore in the Marshall Islands, University of Hawaii researchers say.

"In principle, yes, it's realistic" that Jose Salvador Alvarenga would have landed nearly two weeks ago on Ebon Atoll, in the southern stretch of those islands, after being swept into the open sea off the Mexican coast in December 2012, said UH scientific computer programmer Jan Hafner. Login for more...



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