Jose Ivan May Have Been a Castaway at Sea for 16 Months

Incredible story of survival of a man in a fiber glass boat that drifted from Mexico and went 8,000 miles west.
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survival story hard to believe, a real-life castaway? Word that a man has been discovered ship wrecked southwest of Hawaii, he says he's been adrift in the pacific for 16 months, so what the proof? How did he say he survived? Here's ABC's John donvan. Reporter: It is one of humankind's favorite made up story lines -- the castaway adrift at sea, on a floating prison, in the middle of everywhere. The story told recently most famously recently in the "Life of pi." But, sometimes it's for real. As is reported to be the case in the story going around the world today. Here's the outline a man in fiber glass boat who set for Mexico 16 months ago drifted west 8,000 miles, surviving on rainwater birds and the blood of turtles, until washing up this week on the tiny Marshall Islands. Missing from the account any image of the man whose name is reported Jose Ivan, a lapse on the island he's on. As it is the story came from a French wire service who said he spoke to this Norwegian anthropologist who says he personally met this Jose Ivan. As unconfirmed and as unlikely as such a survival story seems when you consider the storms and the hot sun, could it be true? Exposure, boredom. Lake of exercise. If he could have surmounted all of those obstacles, then it is conceivable that he could have survived that long. Reporter: In fact, well documented the 2002 case of Richard van Pham, 62 year Olds, who survived three months adrift in this boat in the pacific who ate fish and turtles and drank rainwater. And here is fisherman Salvador Ordonez in 2006 after drifting in a fishing boat nine months in the pacific surviving mostly the same way. So, yes, here's to Jose Ivan and his survival, both awaiting full confirmation in onof human kinds favorite story lines. Up next -- our Friday

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