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the Marshall Islands last week, made a brief public appearance on Thursday, looking weak and frail. (Feb. 6)
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SHOTLIST:TV3 - NO ACCESS NEW ZEALANDFebruary 6, 20141. Wide of castaway Jose Salvador Alvarenga walking into press conference++USER GENERATED CONTENT: UGC cannot be absolutely verified. This video has been authenticated based on the following validation checks:++Video and audio translated and content checked by regional experts against known locations and events++Video is consistent with independent AP reporting++Video cleared for use by all AP clients by content creator Candice M. Guavis++Mandatory on-screen credit to Candice M. Guavis++TV3 - NO ACCESS NEW ZEALANDFebruary 3, 20142. Slow pan left of Salvadoran fisherman walking slowly off rescue boat in Majuro, escorted out by paramedic and getting into ambulanceMARSHALL ISLANDS FOREIGN AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT - NO ACCESS MARSHALL ISLANDSMajuro, Marshall Islands - February 3, 20143. STILL showing man, who identifies himself as Jose Salvador Alvarenga, getting off a ship in Majuro after being rescued4. STILL showing man, who identifies himself as Jose Salvador Alvarenga, sitting on couch after being rescuedTV3 - NO ACCESS NEW ZEALANDFebruary 6, 20145. Wide of castaway Jose Salvador Alvarenga sitting down at presser6. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Jose Salvador Alvarenga, (via translator) sea survivor (transcript below)TV3 - NO ACCESS NEW ZEALANDFebruary 3, 20147. Slow pan left of Salvadoran fisherman walking slowly off rescue boat in Majuro, escorted out by paramedic and getting into ambulanceMARSHALL ISLANDS FOREIGN AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT - NO ACCESS MARSHALL ISLANDSMajuro, Marshall Islands - February 3, 20148. STILL showing man, who identifies himself as Jose Salvador Alvarenga, getting off a ship in Majuro after being rescuedTV3 - NO ACCESS NEW ZEALANDFebruary 6, 20149. Medium of Alvarenga sitting at press conference10. Wide of castaway Jose Salvador Alvarenga walking into press conferenceVOICE-OVER SCRIPT:LOOKING TIRED AND UNDERSTANDABLY FRAIL -- JOSE SALVADOR ALVARENGA SAT BEFORE THE MEDIA AT A RESORT IN THE MARSHALL ISLANDS.A SCENE FAR DIFFERENT FROM THE ONE HE LEFT BEHIND JUST ONE WEEK AGO..ALVARENGA CLAIMS HE HAD BEEN DRIFTING AT SEA FOR MORE THAN A YEAR AFTER HIS BOAT SANK WHILE ON A FISHING TRIP OFF THE COAST OF MEXICO --DRIFTING THOUSANDS OF MILES WEST.. INTO THE SOUTH PACIFIC.NOW CLEAN SHAVEN.. AND WITH A NEW HAIRCUT.. ALVARENGA GAVE ONLY A BRIEF STATEMENTSOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Jose Salvador Alvarenga, (via translator) sea survivor:"Thank you to the government here for all the help. For his friends that have helped him on the way here. Mr Damien with Foreign Affairs (Marshall Islands immigration chief Damien Jacklick) and immigration."HE DECLINED TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM THE MEDIA...BUT OFFICIALS SAY ALVARENGA IS IN GOOD HEALTH.. AND WILL SOON BE READY TO TRAVEL BACK TO HIS NATIVE EL SALVADOR.MEANWHILE THEY'RE INVESTIGATING HIS CLAIM THAT HE WAS ADRIFT FOR SO LONG.AN ALMOST UNBELIEVABLE STORY OF SURVIVAL.. FOLLOWED BY A MASSIVE STROKE OF LUCK.ROBERT BUMSTED.. ASSOCIATED PRESS.