(Digital Journal) Ola Fjeldstad has been doing research work on Ebon, an atoll in the Marshall Islands, and in the process discovered more than he bargained for. He found an emaciated Mexican man who claims he was shipwrecked on the island.

While it sounds like Tom Hanks in the film Castaway, this story is reportedly a true one, and there was no volleyball named “Wilson.”

Fjeldstad is a Norwegian anthropology student who was doing research on the distant Pacific Island.

On Thursday, he reported that he had found a castaway, claiming to have spent 16 months adrift at sea, and had traveled over 12,500 kilometers (8,000 miles) before ending up on the island.

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