23 April 2007
Tartin, Nayarit's original "perdido"
Last August, a trio of Mexican fishermen were rescued near the Marshall Islands, some 5,500 miles from their base in San Blas, Nayarit and nine months after they had headed out to sea. Questions almost immediately surfaced about the group's story. For one thing, while they looked like they were in rough shape, their condition wasn't as bad as expected. While the men were lost, their families apparently never notified Seguridad Publica of the men's disappearance. Rumors also abound that the "perdidos" (lost men) were in another kind of business.
Further south in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit, a fisherman by the name of Jose Alfredo Torres, better known as Tartin, survived spending 38 days at sea. And he's extremely skeptical of the San Blas crew's account. I wrote on him for today's Miami Herald Mexico Edition: http://www.mexiconews.com.mx/miami/24338.html