A fisherman off the coast of Colombia believes they have spotted logs in the distance
Soon they realized it was a person as soon as the woman raised her arms.
Rolando Vespal, one of the fishermen, called it out in English and Spanish. But she was in the cold water for too long to respond.
Once she received medical treatment at the hospital, she identified herself as 46-year-old Angelica Gitan, a woman who had been missing for two years.
According to La Libertad, she escaped from an abusive relationship in September 2018 and wandered the streets for six months before seeking help at a women’s center in Barranquilla.
The shelter provided her with protection from her ex-partner. Gitan learned that her ex-partner no longer lived in the area, so she had to leave.
At that point, Gitan decided to end her life.
“Being on the beachfront, I found myself alone and in isolation; I decided to jump into the sea and let him take me,” she told local media. “I just had to hope that this nightmare would soon end.”
Gitan roamed the ocean for hours, but said she had no memory of it.
She is grateful for saving her, and hopes to make the most of her second chance in life.
“I feel like I’m reborn, thank God. If I had the opportunity or help, I wouldn’t make that decision. Now I’m very grateful that God has given me a new opportunity to move forward,” Gaitan explained.