18-year old survives 26-days adrift in the Pacific Ocean
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18-year old survives 26-days adrift in the Pacific Ocean

Panama City : Panama | Mar 27, 2012 at 12:41 AM PDT
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18-year old Adrian Vasquez worked in the Decameron seaside hotel in Panama. When he set out with two of his friends to go fishing, little did he know the nightmare that he would have to undergo for the next 26-days.

The trio had caught plenty of fish and was set to return to Rio Hato, Panama in their boat ‘Fifty Cents’ when the motor failed. It was nearing evening time and they could get a glimpse of the land. But – they kept drifting away and the ice in the boat melted. As a result, the fish began to rot and they had to throw them away.

24-year old Oropeces Betancourt was the oldest of the trio and he died on 10th of March of dehydration, sunburn and heat stroke and they threw his body into the water when it began to decompose. Same fate was destined for 16-year-old Fernando Osorio who died on March 15.

That left Adrian Vasquez as the only survivor and when rescued after 28-days off the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, he was all alone in the 10-foot fishing boat – it was 600-miles from where they had begun their journey.

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