Alvarenga’s boat was low and open, without any raised structure or working electricity. And although the vessel contained plenty of equipment like gasoline, fishing line and a cell phone, the GPS wasn’t waterproof and the two-way radio was only half-charged.
At first, the trip seemed to go well. Together, the pair managed to catch more than 1,000 pounds of fish, including sought-after tuna, sharks and mahi-mahi. However, later that day they were hit by a storm, and were blown off their intended course.
As massive waves continued to batter the tiny boat, the inexperienced Córdoba began to panic. Finally, there was a lull in the storm, and Alvarenga sighted land. But then, there was another disaster at hand: the struggling motor sputtered and died. Grabbing the radio, Alvarenga sent an SOS message to Willy, his boss.