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Father of man who died at sea still seeks answers

Updated Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 | 2:02 p.m.

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — The father of a man who died on a fishing boat says he still has unanswered questions after talking to an El Salvadoran castaway who was with his son and apparently survived for 13 months at sea.

The El Paso Times reports Saturday ( ) that Nicolas Cordoba Cruz, the father of 23-year-old Ezequiel Cordoba Rios, wants to meet Jose Salvador Alvarenga.

Cordoba Cruz, who lives in Mexico, says he spoke to Alvarenga on the phone and the man asked for forgiveness because he couldn't save his companion.

Alvarenga has said the man died because he couldn't eat raw animals.

The El Paso Times reports that the family spells its name Cordova. The Associated Press has reported the name Cordoba. The AP was unable to immediately confirm the spelling Saturday.