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Sea survivor appears weaker in public appearance

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 | 9:27 p.m.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Salvadoran man who says he spent more than a year drifting across the Pacific Ocean made a brief public appearance looking much weaker than he did earlier in the week.

Jose Salvador Alvarenga greeted about 50 officials and media Thursday at the Marshall Islands Resort hotel where he is staying. Sporting a haircut and a shave, he was assisted into the room by two people while others stood by ready to help.

Speaking in a low voice, he thanked the government and his friends for their help, but declined to take questions.

Officials said he needed to be taken back to the hospital for more medical checks and it would likely be three or four days before he was fit enough to travel back to El Salvador.