HONOLULU (AP) — A Colombian fisherman has been reunited with his wife and family after spending two months adrift in the Pacific Ocean, an ordeal that he says left his three shipmates dead.
A merchant ship rescued the man more than 2,000 miles southeast of Hawaii, and he was brought to Honolulu in good condition Wednesday.
The U.S. Coast Guard says the four sailors left Colombia more than two months ago.
The Colombian navy’s press office says the sailors had been fishing near the protected marine sanctuary of Malpelo Island, off the coast of Colombia. But their skiff’s engine failed, leaving them adrift in a lightly traveled expanse of the ocean.
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The Colombian navy’s press office on Thursday identified the survivor as 29-year-old Javier Eduardo Olaya.