Panama teen survives 26 days lost at sea

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By Alysha Bohanon

A Panamanian teen survived nearly a month floating adrift in the Pacific Ocean, news sources report.

In February, Adrian Vasquez, an 18-year-old from Rio Hato, Panama, went on an overnight fishing trip with two friends, Oropeces Betancourt, 24, and Fernando Osorio,16, according to CNN.

The boat's engine died, and currents swept the trio into the Pacific for 26 days. Fishermen spotted the boat on March 21 near the Galapagos Islands, almost 600 miles from where it had launched, Fox News reported.

Vasquez was the only survivor. In a statement, Rear Adm. Freddy Garcia Calle said Vasquez showed "severe signs of dehydration and lack of nutrition," CNN reported.

The trio ate raw fish and drank rainwater, until Betancourt stopped eating and drinking after two weeks. He died on March 10. Osorio died on March 15 of dehydration, sunburn and heat stroke, according to Fox News.

By the time he was rescued, Vasquez had thrown his friends' bodies into the ocean "because they had become badly decomposed," CNN reported.

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