However, unlike survivors of lesser adventures, Alvarenga is robust looking - not thin. (Perhaps he likes bird and turtle sushi?) Details of his story remain sketchy. He is unclear of exactly where he departed from in Mexico, he claims 3 brothers in America although he has no contact details, he has no personal identification, he claims to have no family in Mexico, and he arrived in the Marshall Islands a bit (well) early.
Although it is possible that a boat launched from Mexico's west coast would eventually find its way to the Marshall Islands, it would take approximately 18 months to a year to do so, according to a Sydney-based oceanographer. Alveranga, made it in 13 months - adding a bit more skepticism to an already doubting crowd of bureaucrats. If his story checks out, perhaps someone should recruit him to compete in the America's Cup races this year (once they figure out where to hold the race).