Author(s): Franklin, Jonathan
On 17 November 2012, Salvador Alvarenga left the coast of Mexico for a two-day fishing trip. A vicious storm killed his engine and carried him west, deep into the heart of the Pacific. When he was washed ashore on 30 January 2014, he has drifted for 14 months covering over 9,000 miles.
Not one of the three dozen cruise and cargo ships which passed nearby stopped for the stranded fisherman. Despite often contemplating suicide, he developed a survival strategy that kept him alive and alert until his boat eventually drifted to a remote palm-studded island. Crawling ashore, he was saved by a local couple living in their own private castaway paradise.
Based on hours of interviews with Alvarenga, his close collegues, search and rescue officials, the medical team that saved his life and the remote islanders who nursed him back to normality, 438 Days is one man's incredible survival story of beating the ultimate odds.