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Man survives adrift at sea for more than a year!

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  • Man survives adrift in the Pacific ocean for 13 months
  • He says he survived on fish, turtles and birds

A Mexican man rescued on a Pacific island says he was lost at sea for more than a year.

Jose Salvador Alvarenga says he and a teenage boy were caught in a December 2012 storm as they were fishing for sharks off Mexico's Pacific coast. They had only expected to be out for a day.

They survived the storm, but the boat's engines died, the pair were left adrift in the vast Pacific. Alvarenga said he survived by eating fish, turtles and birds. He said he drank rainwater when possible, but also turtle blood when he had to, and even his own urine.

He said the teen boy with him refused to eat and died four weeks into the situation. Alvarenga floated for 13 months, crossing 6,000 miles of ocean before landing on the Marshall Islands.

Alvarenga said that, for most of the time, he believed he would get out of the situation, but at other times -- when the food and water ran out -- he did contemplate suicide.

Doctors checked him out, and he's expected to head back to Mexico soon. 

HLN's News Now spoke with survival expert Cody Lundin about Alvarenga's amazing journey.

Lundin said Alvarenga's confidence throughout the ordeal was a key to his survival.

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