A shipwrecked Venezuelan mother saves her children by feeding them, but dies of dehydration

woman drowned in Venezuela She saved her children’s lives by breastfeeding them for four days before they became dehydrated.

Eight people, including Marily Chacon and her family, were aboard the boat Thor on a leisure trip from Higuerot to La Tortuga Island in the state of Miranda, Venezuela on September 3. NEWSWEEK mentioned. Another boat was going down that road with them.

Four people, including Ms. Chacon’s husband, have not yet been found Newspaper.

Minutes after they departed for the uninhabited island of La Tortuga, an electrical failure was reported on one of the boats. While the boat set off again after the malfunction was repaired, it is believed to have been hit by a large wave, splitting the boat in two and leaving its passengers swimming 70 miles into the sea.

In a desperate attempt to keep her six-year-old son and two-year-old daughter alive, Chacon nursed her children. In order to preserve her life, she drank her own urine, according to officials. But Mrs. Chacon eventually died of severe heat stroke and dehydration.

Four days after the shipwreck, the children were found clinging to the body of their dead mother in a small lifeboat. Authorities have taken them to a hospital in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, where they are receiving treatment for first-degree burns, dehydration and post-traumatic stress.

Ms. Chacon suffered from organ failure due to electrolyte depletion caused by dehydration as she resorted to breastfeeding, Republic mentionedCiting a forensic source.


Veronica Martinez, a 25-year-old nanny, survived the sinking of the ship. Found in an empty ice pack. She is now hospitalized after suffering from a high level of dehydration, lethargy and post-traumatic stress disorder.

according to NewspaperThe woman had a rapid heartbeat, hypotension, fever, delirium and dry skin from sunburn. The report added that she had to be sedated.

The authorities have not yet found the children’s father, Remes Clambur, and three others who were on the boat – Viani dos Santos, Jose Marcano and Alejandro Osorio.

Chacon’s family said the boat trip was a simple family outing to keep the kids entertained, according to Republic.

Chacon’s funeral was held on September 11 in Venezuela and broadcast on YouTube, with many people paying tribute to the woman for her sacrifice.

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