438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Jonathan Franklin
438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea

Imagine surviving in the Pacific Ocean for 438 days!

Salvador Alvarenga’s story, 438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea by Jonathan Franklin, reveals his tale of “resilience, will, ingenuity and determination” to survive drifting west 6,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean from Mexico to the Marshall Islands. Alvarenga was a shark fisherman who had to travel over 100 miles from shore to fill a cooler because oceans have been overfished. After setting 2,800 hooks, 4,000 pounds of fish brought a man about $150. Alvarenga, being very experienced, felt more at home on the sea, but gale force winds are never predictable.

Two fishermen left Costa Azul, Mexico on November 18, 2012 and one survivor drifted to shore on Tile Islet on January 29, 2014. Besides catching/storing fresh water and food, Alvarenga had to “survive” seeing & conversing with people after his time at sea. It was especially hard because the inhabitants where he landed didn’t speak Spanish. I felt like I was in his boat with a broken motor, catching and eating raw food, and staying out of the sun.

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