On 17 November 2012, Salvador Alvarenga left the coast of Mexico for a two-day fishing trip. A vicious storm killed his engine and the current dragged his boat deep out to sea. Alvarenga would t touch solid ground again for 14 months. When he was washed ashore on January 30 2014, he had drifted over 9,000 miles. He considered suicide on multiple occasions. But Alvarenga developed a method of survival that kept his body and mind intact long eugh for the Pacific Ocean to spit him up onto a remote palm-studded island.
Based in Santiago, Chile, Jonathan Franklin regularly reports for the Guardian, Washington Post, National Geographic and Esquire. He also works with the team at 'Retro Report' producing documentaries broadcast by the New York Times. Franklin's previous books include 33 Men, the exclusive account of the Chilean miners trapped nearly a kilometre underground. 33 Men became a bestseller in the UK and US, and was translated into 19 languages. He can be followed at @FranklinBlog