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Salvadorian Castaway Asks Father Of Shipmate For Forgiveness

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FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2014 file photo provided by the Marshall Islands Foreign Affairs Department, a man identifying himself as Jose Salvador Alvarenga sits on a couch in Majuro in the Marshall Islands, after he was rescued from being washed ashore on the tiny atoll of Ebon in the Pacific Ocean. The Salvadoran man who says he spent more than a year drifting across the Pacific Ocean before making landfall in the Marshall Islands is still too weak to travel and will remain in the island nation fo | ASSOCIATED PRESS

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — The father of a man who died on a fishing boat says he still has unanswered questions after talking to an El Salvadoran castaway who was with his son and apparently survived for 13 months at sea.

The El Paso Times reports Saturday ( ) that Nicolas Cordoba Cruz, the father of 23-year-old Ezequiel Cordoba Rios, wants to meet Jose Salvador Alvarenga.

Cordoba Cruz, who lives in Mexico, says he spoke to Alvarenga on the phone and the man asked for forgiveness because he couldn't save his companion.

Alvarenga has said the man died because he couldn't eat raw animals.

The El Paso Times reports that the family spells its name Cordova. The Associated Press has reported the name Cordoba. The AP was unable to immediately confirm the spelling Saturday.

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