Pacific castaway Jose Salvador Alvarenga

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Sea survivor Jose Salvador Alvarenga, center, is flanked by his father Jose Ricardo and mother Maria Julia, before entering the waiting hall for national departures, after arriving at the airport in Mexico City, Friday, March 14, 2014. The Salvadoran fisherman, who was lost at sea for 13 months, traveled from El Salvador to Mexico to fulfill a promise he made to his dead sea mate, Mexican Ezequiel Cordoba. Alvarenga said Cordoba died a month into their ordeal because he couldn't stomach the diet of raw fish, turtles and birds. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

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The Salvadoran castaway who says he survived more than a year at sea had a tearful meeting with the family of his shipmate who did not make it home.


Jose Salvador Alvarenga traveled from his homeland to neighboring Mexico to speak with the parents and siblings of the late Ezequiel Cordova, 24.

They welcomed the visitor on Saturday with tearful hugs. And they all met for three hours privately.

"This gives me some peace, because in my dreams, he asked me to speak with his mother," said Alvarenga, 37, choking back tears. (AFP)



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