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Missing woman found alive floating in the sea

September 30, 2020 | Comment icon 5 comments



The woman had been on quite a journey. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Brocken Inaglory
A woman who had been missing for two years has been found floating in the ocean and very much alive.
The remarkable story was reported on Saturday, September 26th when fishermen off the coast of Puerto Colombia spotted what they initially believed to be a log floating in the water.

They soon realized however that it was in fact a person lying in a rubber floatation device.

After rescuing her from the water, it turned out that this was Angelica Gaitan - a 46-year-old from Colombia who had been reported missing some two years prior.

After receiving hospital treatment, she recalled what had happened to her.

According to her story, Gaitan had gone missing after escaping an abusive relationship in 2018 and had spent six months on the streets before asking the Women's Office in Barranquilla for assistance.
Measures were taken to protect her from her ex-partner, but when she learned on Friday that she would be forced to leave the shelter, she headed down to the beach and intended to throw herself into the ocean.

"Being on the seashore I found myself alone and in solitude; I decided to jump into the sea and let it take me," she said. "I just had to hope this nightmare would soon be over."

When the fishermen rescued her from the water however, she felt like she had been given a second chance.

"I feel like I was born again, thank God," she said.

"If I had had an opportunity or help I would not make that decision. Now I am very grateful because God gave me a new opportunity to move forward."

Source: MSN.com | Comments (5)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Jon the frog 2 years ago
Damn i was thinking two years offshore in a raft or somethin...
Comment icon #2 Posted by Troublehalf 2 years ago
People could misunderstand this article. One might think she spent two years at sea, when in fact it was five days (said she threw herself into the sea on Friday, so I assume 25th of October). Still, a remarkable feat of strength and will to last five days. My question is where did she get the flotation device if she was planning on killing herself? Did somebody throw it to her and she got pulled out into the ocean? If so, why didn't they go seek help? Strange sequence of events. Impressive nontheless (though some people I assume will be sceptical of events, I prefer to assume it's true at thi... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by jethrofloyd 2 years ago
I first thought she just get lost on the sea participating in the last season of a reallity-program 'Survivor'.
Comment icon #4 Posted by ThereWeAreThen 2 years ago
Truly remarkable. Glad shes alive.
Comment icon #5 Posted by joc 2 years ago
The entire story is completely false. "Being on the seashore I found myself alone and in solitude; I decided to jump into the sea and let it take me," she said. "I just had to hope this nightmare would soon be over." When the fishermen rescued her from the water however, she felt like she had been given a second chance.   Jumping into the sea is far different from boarding a life raft and paddling out!   geeeeez


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