A daughter, whose mother was found alive at sea after missing for two years, has given a heartbreaking explanation as to why.
Angelica Gaitan’s family had no idea where they were in the two years since they lost contact with her – until on Saturday two hero fishermen came across a woman who was floating in the middle of the sea with her eyes closed and not saying a word.
The Colombian Angelica was found swimming two kilometers off the coast of Puerto Colombia.
Now her daughter Paula Castiblanco has explained how her mother suffers from severe panic attacks and believes that she is regularly followed by people who “come for her”.
After being rescued, Angelica told medics that she fled domestic violence and has had no contact with her family since then.
She said she decided to go into the water because she “didn’t want to continue” with her life.
Paula spoke about her state of mind in the years leading up to her disappearance, adding, “We believe that during this time that she was missing something may have happened to her that caused her psychological trauma.
“Every time she saw a high-end car, she screamed and said they were coming for her and that we shouldn’t let her get in those cars.
“She covered her head and said a man would come for her.”
The video of the moment Angelica was rescued showed the fisherman Rolando and a friend, referred to simply as “Gustavo” by the local media in Colombia, approaching the swimming woman who is almost unresponsive.
Angelica is pulled to the boat by a rope tied to the lifesaver that the fishermen had previously thrown at her.
Local newspaper La Libertad They reportedly discovered what they thought was a tree trunk in the ocean – before Angelica raised her hands to ask for help.
Rolando then fights to get the unresponsive woman on board.
He moves her upper body just enough to bring her body over the edge and safely onto the jar.
The fishermen then try to have a conversation with her and give her water, but the woman, visually upset, starts crying and remains in that state as the incredible footage comes to an end.
It is reported that after being saved, she finally uttered her first words and said, “I was born again, God didn’t want me to die.”
When she was brought ashore, she was looked after by friendly locals before she was taken to the hospital.
The woman reportedly swam in the water for about eight hours and was taken to a hospital, where she arrived in shock.
Castiblanco and her sister are currently raising money to transport their mother to the capital, Bogota, where they live, in the hope that their mother will be “cared for by the family,” they say.
LaLibertad reports that Angelica claims her family left her after suffering domestic violence.
That was in 2018 when she reportedly moved to Ecuador to stay with her brother.
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