5 Feb 2014

El Salvador drifter expected to leave Marshalls on Friday

4:43 pm on 5 February 2014

Marshall Islands officials say the government is not trying to restrict international media wanting to interview, Jose Salvador Alvarenga, who washed up on Ebon atoll after more than a year at sea.

They say he wants to get some rest.

Medical officials say Alvarenga was suffering from the effects of severe dehydration and a poor diet but was stable.

He has been discharged from Majuro hospital and is in a hotel, where the government has stationed police guards outside his room.

Foreign ministry officials are coordinating with Mexican and United States officials to process paper work for Alvarenga to fly to Honolulu on Friday, the first leg of his return to his home country, El Salvador.