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 not 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 enough for the Pacific Ocean to spit him up onto a remote palm-studded island.