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The Story of the Real-Life Cast Away: How One Man Survived 438 Days at Sea

    How many of you have watched the blockbuster hit, Castaway? This drama sees Tom Hanks act out the tale of a man who gets lost on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean. This story may have been 100% fictional, but years later, it appears something very similar occurred in the real world! Introducing you all to the fascinating case of Jose Salvador Alvarenga.

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    What started out as a fishing trip that had the potential of earning this man the big bucks, eventually turned into a living nightmare. A sudden shift in weather conditions had sent the fisherman way off course, before his days at sea eventually turned to weeks, months, and then years. He may have found his way back to land, but it wasn’t without a fight! Here’s Jose’s story.