Wednesday, 28 Oct 2020

Daughter explains why mum was found at sea after being missing for two years

A daughter whose mum was found alive at sea after being missing for two years has explained her heartbreaking disapperance.

Angelica Gaitan's family had no idea where she was during those two years and lost contact with her – until Saturday, when she was found in the middle of the sea.

Two fisherman came across the woman floating in the water, with her eyes close and not uttering a word.

The Colombian was discovered two kilometres off the coast of Puerto Colombia, reports the Mirror Online.

Her daughter, Paula Castiblanco has now explained the heartbreaking reason for her mum's disappearance.

She says her mum suffers from severe panic attacks and believed she was being followed by people "coming for her".

After her rescue, Angelica told medics she had lost contact with her family and fled domestic violence.

She said she decided to enter the water because she "she did not want to continue" with her life.

Paula added: "We think during that period of time she was missing, something could have happened to her that caused her psychological trauma.

"Every time she saw a high-end car she would scream and say that they were coming for her and that we shouldn't let her get on those cars.

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"She covered her head and said that a man would come for her."

A video capturing the moment Angelica was rescued shows fisherman, Rolando, and a friend approaching the floating woman who is almost completely unresponsive.

She is dragged towards the boat via a rope attached to the lifesaver which the fisherman had thrown towards her.

La Libertad, a local paper, reports they had seen what they believed to be a log in the sea, before Angelica raised her hands for signal for help.

The fisherman is then seen struggling to lift the woman into the boat.

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He moves her torso just enough to get her body over the edge and then safely onto the vessel.

Roland attempts to talk to her and give her water but she is visually upset, begins to cry and remains this way until the footage stops.

She finally uttered her first words, reports state, with: "I was born again, God did not want me to die."

When Angelica was returned to shore, locals tended to her before she was taken to hospital.

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The woman was floating above the water for around eight hours, according to reports, and was taken to hospital where she arrived in a state of shock.

Castiblanco and her sister are currently raising money to transport their mother to the capital city of Bogota where they live.

They hope their mum will be "taken care of by family", it is reported.

LaLibertad reports Angelica claims her family abandoned her after she suffered domestic violence.

This was in 2018, when she reportedly moved to Ecuador to stay with her brother.

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