Jose Salvador Alvarenga
It all started in 2012 with a routine fishing expedition when things turned sour for Jose Alvarenga. Amidst his journey, Jose’s ship blew off course during an incoming storm and he soon found himself powerless and without a working engine. He was left out to sea for over a year, some 438 days to be exact. Jose says he survived by eating fish, turtles and birds as well drinking his urine and animal blood for survival. Some think there’s more to his story as Jose also sailed with Ezequiel Cordoba, who didn’t survive the journey. Cordoba’s family filed a $1 million lawsuit against the survivor, claiming he ate his shipmate to survive.