Startled fishermen who found a woman floating in the middle of the sea, barely able to speak out of the cold, were amazed to discover she had been missing for two years.
The video shows the amazing moment in which Angelica Gaitan was found floating two kilometers from a beach two years after her family lost contact with her without having any clues about her whereabouts.
Angelica was so weak from the cold that she could hardly answer when she was spoken to. The fisherman Rolando Visbal called the woman first in Spanish and then in English, apparently trying to make sure the victim understood him.
Rolando hears the 46-year-old woman screaming, who is leaning back in a rubber ring with her eyes closed.
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The video shows the moment when Rolando and a friend – simply referred to as “Gustavo” by the local media in Colombia – approach the floating 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.
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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.
Angelica is said to have lost touch with her family two years ago and they had no idea where she was until she was found swimming off the coast of the town and municipality of Puerto Colombia in the Colombian department of Atlantico on Saturday 26 September.
She was later identified as Angelica and was in a very debilitated condition with signs of hypothermia.
What she has done over the past two years and how she ended up in the sea is under investigation by the police.
Angelica told later RCN radio that she had suffered violence from her partner for 20 years.
She fled after her partner tried to kill her, she claimed as she described her harrowing story.
She told the local radio station: “For 20 years I had a toxic relationship, I was hurt by my ex-partner.
“The abuse started in the first pregnancy, he beat me, he violently abused me.
“In my second pregnancy, the abuse continued and I couldn’t get away from it because the girls were small.
“I reported it many times, but the police took him away for 24 hours and when he was back in the house the attacks returned.
“The day I decided to leave the house was after a brutal attack. In September 2018, he broke my face and tried to kill me. Thank God I escaped.”
She claimed to have lived in the town of Barranquilla for six months.
She was then placed in a homeless shelter after seeking help but fell into a deep depression.
“I didn’t want to go on with my life. A lady lent me the tickets and I took a bus straight to the sea,” she said.
“I wanted to end everything, I had no help from anywhere, not even from my family, because this man kept me away from my social circle, so I didn’t want to go on living.”
Angelica said she remembered “when I was on the coast I was in solitude and decided to jump into the sea”.
“I’m letting it go and I hope this nightmare ends soon,” she added.
Her memory of this point is vague when she passed out.
She said, “The man who saved me in the middle of the sea told me that I was passed out and floating.
“Thank goodness I was alive and he threw me a lifesaver. They took me to a health center where I can get the necessary care. “
The woman reportedly swam in the water for about eight hours and was taken to a hospital, where she arrived in shock.
The circumstances surrounding the baffling incident remain unclear, especially after local media tracked down the woman’s daughter, Alejandra Castiblanco, who said she had known nothing about her mother’s whereabouts in the past two years.
She alleged suggestions that her mother committed suicide because of a broken relationship or an attack on a former lover were false reports.
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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