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Salvadoran sea survivor meets companion's mother

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March 15, 2014 05:27 PM EST | AP


EL FORTIN, Mexico (AP) — A Salvadoran fisherman who says he drifted at sea for more than a year has met the mother of his companion who died during the ordeal.

Jose Salvador Alvarenga embraced his friend Ezequiel Cordoba's mother Saturday, and both cried as a horde of journalists recorded the moment at a fishing village in southern Mexico.

Cordoba died about a month into the ordeal. Alvarenga says they promised each other that whoever survived would visit the other's family and tell them what happened.

Cordoba's mother, Roselia Diaz Cueto, said it gave her tranquility to meet Alvarenga. He said meeting her filled him with happiness.

The fisherman's boat washed up in the Marshall Islands in February.