A man from El Salvador who survived over an entire year lost at sea is reportedly being sued for $1 million over accusations he ate the other occupant of his boat. The grieving family of his shipmate, who died one way or the other on the ill-fated voyage, claims the survivor survived by cannibalizing his companion.
Accused long-pig-eater Salvador Alvarenga paid 22-year-old Ezequiel Cordoba to accompany him on what was supposed to be a short fishing trip off Mexico's coast, reported UPI Espanol.
From USA Today's synopsis of the story, which is rather a big deal in Spanish-language news:
The small boat the pair were traveling in was swept into the open sea during a storm, and the pair lost all communication equipment and supplies, according to Alvarenga.
A few months after being lost at sea, Cordoba became weak and eventually died after eating a bird, according to Alvarenga, UPI reported. He said he tossed Cordoba's body off the side of the boat, according to UPI.
Alvarenga said he survived a little over 14 months by drinking turtle blood, urine and eating any fish or birds he could catch.
Cordoba's family disputes Alvarenga's account and is demanding compensation for cannibalizing Cordoba.