Thursday, 22 Oct 2020

Woman missing for two years found floating alive in sea by stunned fisherman

A shocking video shows fishermen rescue a woman missing for two years who was found floating in the middle of the sea in Colombia.

The missing woman, 46-year-old Angelica Gaitan, had hypothermia and her condition was so serious that she could barely reply when spoken to.

In the clip, she lies on her back in the cold water while her rescuers Rolando Visbal and his pal Gustavo try to reach her in their boat.

Rolando yells at the missing woman in Spanish and then switches to English to make sure she understands him, but she is almost completely unresponsive.

She is wearing dark cargo trousers and several layers of clothing, including a cardigan and a scarf.

Angelica continues to be dragged towards the boat through the rope tied to the lifesaver which the fishermen had previously thrown towards her.

Rolando struggles to lift the woman into the boat and moves her torso just enough to help get her body over the edge and safely on deck.

The fishermen then tries to have a conversation with her and gives her water but Angelica, who is visually upset, begins to cry and the clip ends.

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She was floating in the water off a beach in Puerto Colombia for about eight hours and was taken to a hospital in a state of shock on September 26, according to reports in local media.

Alejandra Castiblanco, her daughter, said she had not known about her mum’s whereabouts for the past two years and she is believed to have completely lost contact with her family.

Police are now investigating what happened when Angelica disappeared.

Alejandra blasted speculation in local media that her mum might have been mentally ill or in an abusive relationship.

The young woman and her sister are currently raising money to transport their mum to the capital city of Bogota where they live and hope their mum will be "taken care of by family".

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