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Fisherman Survives 20 Days Lost at Sea

Man drifts 1,000 miles to Colombia

A Puerto Rican fisherman was released from the hospital on Monday after surviving for 20 days while lost at sea in the Caribbean. Jose Luis Mendez drifted more than 1,000 miles when his boat had engine trouble as he attempted to return to port on January 15. He eventually landed on the island of San Andres, in Colombia, having survived for 20 day on rain water and raw fish. He had lost 40 pounds. In 2006, a trio of fisherman were found alive near the Marshall Islands, nine months after setting out from the western coast of Mexico in an open-hulled fishing boat.

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