He started on a 10-foot boat with two other friends for a fishing trip off the coast of Panama.
Twenty-eight days later, 600 miles away, Adrian Vasquez was found drifting alone off the Galapagos Islands.
Vasquez, 18, worked in a seaside hotel in Panama, He was on a fishing trip trying to earn some extra cash. He never imagined he’d end up off of Ecuador’s coast from where the trio had set out to fish.
His two friends had died, and he likely owed his survival to a sudden rainstorm, the Ecuadoran coast guard captain who helped nurse Vasquez back to health said Monday, speaking by phone from San Cristobal island.
Vasquez was flown Monday to Guayaquil on the Ecuadoran mainland, to be turned over to the Panamanian consul, and was not immediately reachable for comment.