A Columbian woman who has been reported as missing for the past two years was found on September 26th floating alive in the Caribbean Sea just over a mile off the coast of a Northern Columbian port town.
The video shows two fishermen in a boat pulling 46-year-old Angélica Gaitán to safety. It was reported that the woman was floating unconscious for about eight hours in the ocean before she was saved.
Upon arrival to shore, locals evaluated the woman’s condition and rapidly transported her to the hospital with a police escort. At the hospital, she was given treatment for Hypothermia.
Angélica later spoke about this frightening experience with RCN Radio. “Thank God I was alive, and [the fisherman] threw me a life preserver. They brought me to a health center where I am receiving the necessary care,” Angélica said.
Angélica told local news outlets that she went missing back in 2018 as an attempt to flee from her abusive ex-boyfriend. Since 2018, Angélica has lived in homeless shelters. When she was forced to leave her shelter, she decided to take her own life in the ocean but instead floated for eight hours before she was found.
However, her daughter claims that this is not true—her father is not abusive. Her daughter said that ever since Gaitán had a heart attack, her mental health had been deteriorating. She claims that her mother left to live with her brother in Ecuador after separating from her partner. Eager to reunite as a whole family, Angélica’s daughter is raising money to pay for her mother to travel to Bogotá.