"I remember when the boat capsized, when we fell on the sea. I remember when I was put on the raft and my mom was covering me, and I was raising my head, looking around ... and at some point I raised my head and I didn't see her again," he told ABC News. "There was no one else. I was alone in the middle of the sea ... and that's the last thing I remember."
"For my family it has always been, we always have the desire to say to the American people, to say to each household our gratitude, appreciation and love that we have," he said. "Perhaps one day we could pay a visit to the United States. I could personally thank those people who helped us, who were there by our side. Because we're so grateful for what they did."