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Man survives 16 months at sea 在大海漂流16個月的水手

更新時間 2014年 2月 7日, 星期五 - 格林尼治標準時間10:30

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A tropical beach

How would you survive on a desert island?

這聽上去猶如好萊塢奇幻影片裏的故事:一個人獨自漂流海上長達16個月,與動物拼殺以獲生存。這恰恰就是墨西哥漁民荷西·塞爾瓦多的歷險跡。他是在駕船駛向薩爾瓦多途中遇險的。以下是BBC記者 Susana Mendonça 的報道:

Fish, birds, turtles - anything he could get hold of, he would kill with his bare hands. Jose told his rescuers he even drank turtle blood to stay alive during the 16 months he says he was adrift at sea. When his boat finally washed up at Ebon Atoll on Thursday, halfway between Hawaii and Australia, he was emaciated and barely able to walk. Ola Fjeldstad, a Norwegian anthropology student who's doing research in the Marshall Islands, said Jose's fiberglass boat bore the signs of the harrowing 7,500-mile detour:

Ola Fjeldstad, anthropology student:

We first found his boat, which was probably a 24-footer, engine broken, grown over with shells and other sea animals. And it had a live baby bird, a dead turtle, some turtle shells, fish leftovers and it was in pretty bad condition.

And there's tragedy in this tale. There were two people on the boat when it set off from Mexico to El Salvador in September 2012, but Jose said his companion had died several months earlier. Little is known about the circumstances, as so far he's had to draw pictures to communicate with people on the remote Pacific island because they can't understand Spanish. Locals have been nursing the long-haired, bearded stranger back to health and Ola Fjeldstad says Jose's doing much better:

Ola Fjeldstad, anthropology student:

He's gained a lot of strength. He's been eating a lot of food, fish, rice, fruit and drinking coffee. He's in a lot better shape now. He's able to walk around by himself. He's cracking jokes!

There are good reasons to be cheerful; had he missed the Marshall Islands, it could have been another 1,000 or so miles before Jose would have had any hope of hitting land again.

Quiz 聽力測驗

True or false? Jose Salvador Albarengo killed animals to eat with his gun.

False. He killed animals with his bare hands.

Which country did Jose's journey start from?

Mexico.

Why did he have to draw pictures to explain what had happened?

To communicate with people on the remote Pacific island because they can't understand Spanish.

Why should Jose be pleased he reached the Marshall Islands?

Because if he missed the Marshall Islands he would not have had any chance of reaching land for another 1,000 miles.

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