Pacific castaway Jose Salvador Alvarenga's family watch the broadcast of his arrival at their house in Garita Palmera 118 km. west from San Salvador, El Salvador, on February 11, 2014.
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February 12, 2014 4:43 AM EST

The Salvadoran who claims that he spent over a year adrift in the Pacific Ocean returned home late on Tuesday, after a week of rest and medical treatment in the Marshall Islands.

José Salvador Alvarenga’s 14-year-old daughter didn’t remember ever seeing her father, who left to fish in Mexico when she was only one-year-old, but greeted him with an archway of palms over the front door and a sign reading: “Welcome.”

While many have doubted the 37-year-old’s incredible story, experts have attested that it would be possible to survive through his ordeals, and details emerged over several days seem to corroborate the horrible journey.


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