INTERNATIONAL: Castaway who survived 14 months At sea sued for cannibalism of shipmate

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INTERNATIONAL: Castaway who survived 14 months At sea sued for cannibalism of shipmate
A Salvadorean castaway who identified himself as Jose Ivan and later told that his full name is Jose Salvador Alvarenga walks with the help of a Majuro Hospital nurse in Majuro after a 22-hour boat ride from isolated Ebon Atoll on February 3, 2014. Jose was washed up on Ebon Atoll on January 30, 2014, and told his rescuers he set sail from Mexico for El Salvador in September 2012 and has been floating on the ocean ever since. AFP PHOTO / Hilary Hosia (Photo credit should read HILARY HOSIA/AFP/Getty Images)
A Salvadorean castaway who identified himself as Jose Ivan and later told that his full name is Jose Salvador Alvarenga walks with the help of a Majuro Hospital nurse in Majuro after a 22-hour boat ride from isolated Ebon Atoll on February 3, 2014. Jose was washed up on Ebon Atoll on January 30, 2014, and told his rescuers he set sail from Mexico for El Salvador in September 2012 and has been floating on the ocean ever since.    AFP PHOTO / Hilary Hosia        (Photo credit should read HILARY HOSIA/AFP/Getty Images)
A Salvadorean castaway who identified himself as Jose Ivan and later told that his full name is Jose Salvador Alvarenga walks with the help of a Majuro Hospital nurse in Majuro after a 22-hour boat ride from isolated Ebon Atoll on February 3, 2014.

HUFFINGTON POST – A Salvadoran fisherman who survived 438 days lost at sea is now being sued by his dead shipmate’s family over allegations that he ate the man in order to stay alive.

The family of Ezequiel Córdoba, who was reported to have starved to death months into the ordeal, is seeking $1 million, reports Fox News Latino, citing El Diario de Hoy.

Jose Salvador Alvarenga — the world’s longest surviving castaway — has repeatedly denied the accusation.

Roselia Diaz, mother of dead castaway Ezequiel Cordoba, shows his portrait during Salvadorean castaway Jose Salvador Alvarenga's visit to El Fortin, Chiapas state, Mexico on March 15, 2014. Alvarenga, the Salvadoran castaway who says he survived more than a year at sea, flew to Mexico Friday to visit the family of a man who died during the odyssey across the Pacific. Alvarenga washed ashore in the Marshall Islands on January 30, telling reporters he survived the 12,500-kilometer voyage in a seven-meter fiberglass boat after leaving Mexico's Pacific coast 13 months earlier. AFP PHOTO/ Elizabeth RUIZ        (Photo credit should read ELIZABETH RUIZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Roselia Diaz, mother of dead castaway Ezequiel Cordoba, shows his portrait during Salvadorean castaway Jose Salvador Alvarenga’s visit to El Fortin, Chiapas state, Mexico on March 15, 2014. Alvarenga, the Salvadoran castaway who says he survived more than a year at sea, flew to Mexico Friday to visit the family of a man who died during the odyssey across the Pacific. Alvarenga washed ashore in the Marshall Islands on January 30, telling reporters he survived the 12,500-kilometer voyage in a seven-meter fiberglass boat after leaving Mexico’s Pacific coast 13 months earlier. AFP PHOTO/ Elizabeth RUIZ (Photo credit should read ELIZABETH RUIZ/AFP/Getty Images)

In November 2012, Alvarenga set sail in a small fishing boat from a coastal town in Mexico with  Córdoba. He’d agreed to pay the 22-year-old $50 for the planned two-day fishing trip.

Instead, the men ran into a massive storm and seemingly vanished. More than a year later, Alvarenga washed ashore, alone, on an atoll in the Marshall Islands, some 6,700 miles away from where he went missing.

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