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VID: Woman Missing For 2yrs Found Alive In Sea By Fishermen

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This is the shocking fishermen rescue a woman previously missing for two years who was found floating in the middle of the sea so weakened from the cold that she can barely reply when spoken to.

The woman lost contact with her family two years ago and they had no idea where she was until now when she was found floating two kilometres (1.24 miles) off a beach from the town and municipality of Puerto Colombia located in the Colombian department of Atlantico on Saturday 26th September.

She was later identified as Angelica Gaitan, 46, who was found in a very weakened state with signs of hypothermia by fisherman Rolando Visbal. What she had been doing in the previous two years and how she ended up in the sea is currently being investigated by police.

The video shows the moment Visbal and a friend simply identified as ‘Gustavo’ approach the floating woman who is almost completely unresponsive.

Visbal is heard yelling at the 46-year-old in Spanish and then switching to English apparently trying to make sure the victim understood him.

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

Visbal is then seen struggling to lift the woman into the boat who has remained unresponsive but moves her torso just enough to help get her body over the edge and safely onto the boat.

The fisher then tries to have a conversation with her and give her water but the victim, who is visually upset, begins to cry and remains in an altered state as the video comes to an end.

According to reports the woman was floating in the water for about eight hours and was taken to a hospital where she arrived in a state of shock.

The circumstances surrounding the bizarre incident remain unclear especially after the local media tracked down the woman’s daughter Alejandra Castiblanco who said she had not known about her mum’s whereabouts for the past two years.

She said suggestions that her mother had been suicidal over a broken relationship or because of an attack by a former lover were fake news.

Castiblanco 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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Description: The woman was found adrift far away from the coast Notes: Picture is a screenshot of a video (Rolando Visbal Lux/Newsflash)
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Description: The woman was found adrift far away from the coast Notes: Picture is a screenshot of a video (Rolando Visbal Lux/Newsflash)
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Description: The woman was found adrift far away from the coast Notes: Picture is a screenshot of a video (Rolando Visbal Lux/Newsflash)
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Description: The woman was found adrift far away from the coast Notes: Picture is a screenshot of a video (Rolando Visbal Lux/Newsflash)
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Description: The woman being attended at the beach. Notes: Private pictures (Rolando Visbal Lux/Newsflash)
 

Video:
Video Copyright: Rolando Visbal Lux/Newsflash
Video Caption: The woman was found adrift far away from the coast.*** Video Licence Restrictions: NEWS MEDIA PORTALS ONLY. Usage on social media is possible but we offer no guarantees. This video is offered under our ‘social and local media source’ licence. For details see https://www.newsflash.media/

Byline Journalist: Juan Fernandez

Byline Sub editor: Marija Stojkoska

Geography: Puerto_Colombia

Subject: Accidents

T4 Editor Story Rating: 8

T4 Editor Pic/Vid rating: 7

T4 Total rating: 7.5

Source Links: https://www.telecinco.es/informativos/sociedad/rescatan-mujer-flotando-playa-atlantico-colombia_18_3018495031.html
https://www.eltiempo.com/colombia/barranquilla/encuentran-a-mujer-flotando-a-3-kilometros-de-las-playas-de-puerto-colombia-540079
https://www.wradio.com.co/noticias/regionales/identifican-a-mujer-hallada-a-la-deriva-en-puerto-colombia/20200927/nota/4073186.aspx
https://www.bluradio.com/blu360/caribe/encuentran-mujer-a-tres-kilometros-de-la-orilla-en-el-mar-en-salgar
https://caracol.com.co/emisora/2020/09/27/barranquilla/1601217385_576635.html
https://www.rcnradio.com/colombia/caribe/pescadores-del-atlantico-rescataron-mujer-que-estaba-la-deriva-en-el-mar

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