Castaway dehydrated, can't go home yet, doctors say

A man who identified himself as Jose Ivan and later told that his full name is Jose Salvador...

A man who identified himself as Jose Ivan and later told that his full name is Jose Salvador Albarengo walks with the help of a Majuro Hospital nurse in Majuro after a 22-hour boat ride from isolated Ebon Atoll on February 3, 2014. (Hilary Hosia/AFP)

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, Last Updated: 12:13 PM ET

An El Salvador man who claims he was adrift on the Pacific Ocean for more than a year is too dehydrated to travel, doctors say.

Jose Salvador Alvarenga's deteriorating health has delayed his return home, the BBC reports.

On Jan. 30, Alvarenga's fibre-glass boat washed ashore on the Marshall Islands. The 37-year-old said he had left Mexico to go shark fishing with another man, known as Ezequiel, in Dec. 2012, but their boat was blown out to sea.

Alvarenga said he drank urine and turtle blood, and caught fish and birds to eat.

But he also said Ezequiel let himself starve to death because he was unable to eat raw birds or fish.

The BBC reports Ezequiel's family is anxious to speak to Alvarenga.

"The only thing we want is to know what was the last thing that he told this man and what he did with my brother's body," Ezequiel's brother Romeo Cordova Rios told the broadcaster.


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