A woman reported missing by her family two years ago has been rescued after being spotted sailing at sea off Colombia’s northern coast last week.
Angelica Gaitan was found at sea more than a mile from the port city of Puerto Colombia before being taken ashore for medical treatment.
Rescuers initially mistaken her for a floating corpse as she raised her hands to make a gesture of help, according to local newspaper La Libertad.
Footage taken by Rolando Visbal, a fisherman who is one of her lifeguards, shows Ms. Gaitan being put in a boat and later assisted in a chair on the beach.
In the video, which was shot on Saturday, she appears to be falling and fainting.
Ms Gaitán later told Colombian radio that she had been found “unconscious, floating”
“Thank God I was alive and he threw me a savior. I was taken to a health center, where I receive the necessary care, “she added.
Ms Gaitán claims she ran away from home in 2018 after being abused for years by her ex-husband, a version of events her family disputed. In an interview with RCN Radio Barranquilla, they said she left unannounced while suffering from mental health problems.
Ms Gaitán told Colombian media that she threw herself into the sea after being forced to leave the shelter where she was staying, adding that she had spent eight hours in the water before being rescued.
Additional reporting by AP