Famous overnight in 2014 after spending 15 months adrift at sea in a small fishing boat, Mexican castaway Salvador Alvarenga is now being sued for $1 million for cannibalism by the family of the boy who set out with him on the ill-fated fishing expedition.
Leaving Chiapas, Mexico for what was planned to be a two day tuna fishing trip they were soon blown off course and then the engine died.
Alvarenga survived by drinking urine and turtle blood while eating sea birds he caught by hand and reached land after 438 days drifting at sea when he washed ashore in the Marshall Islands – a voyage estimated at 5,500 to 6,700 miles.
But the family of his crewmate, Ezequiel Cordoba, a teenager hired for $50, thinks he also ate Cordoba while Alvarenga maintains he threw his body overboard six days after he died.
The lawsuit comes just days after the release of Alvarenga’s book, 438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea.