Mariely Chacon Wiki – Mariely Chacon Biography
Mariely Chacon was a Venezuelan mum-of-two trapped on a boat and was forced to drink her urine to keep her children alive by breastfeeding them.
Chacon, 40, went on a boat trip with family and friends, including her six-year-old son, two-year-old daughter, and their 25-year-old nanny, on September 3.
They left Higuerote in their native Venezuela for the uninhabited Caribbean island of La Tortuga but never made it.
Disaster struck when a huge wave smashed the boat’s hull, sparking a massive rescue operation after it failed to reach its destination on time.
She was 40 years old.
Chacon kept Jose David and Maria Beatriz Camblor Chacon alive after a wave destroyed their boat following a trip to an island in the Atlantic Ocean.
The Venezuelan drank her urine, so she had the energy to breastfeed the six-year-old and two-year-old while they floated on the wreckage 70 miles out to sea.
Rescuers found the children holding their mother’s body on the vessel’s remains and were rushed to hospital with dehydration and first-degree burns.
The mother and her children had been on the boat with their nanny – who also survived by hiding in a fridge to escape the heat.
But five others – including Chacon’s husband and the children’s father, Remis David Camblor – are still missing.
The nine-strong crew had left Higuerote in Venezuela for the uninhabited Caribbean island of La Tortuga on September 3 on the vessel Thor de Higuerote.
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Officials confirmed Chacon, who died from organ failure caused by dehydration, kept her children alive by drinking her urine so she could breastfeed them.
A source quoted by the newspaper La República said the mother’s vital organs had collapsed because of electrolyte depletion.
Humberto Chacón, the woman’s father, said the boat voyage was ‘simply a family trip to entertain the children.’
Her funeral was on Saturday after officials said her children would live despite suffering from PTSD and physical injuries.
The search is understood to be continuing for the missing five people, although hopes of finding them alive are fading fast.
Venezuela’s National Maritime Authority INEA said: ‘On September 3 at 9.30 am a pleasure boat called Thor left Higuerote for La Tortuga Island with the return scheduled for September 5.
‘Port authorities were informed on September 5 around 11 pm it had failed to reach its destination or returned to the location it had left from, and a search operation was launched.’
It added: ‘On September 6 at 6.20 pm, we were alerted to a small white vessel drifting off the island of La Orchila that led to the reorientation of the search operation.
‘On September 7 at 2.10 pm, four people were rescued, two of them children, by coastguard vessel AB Carecare.’
It added in the statement: ‘We share the pain of the families of the victims of this tragedy.’
An INEA official was quoted as saying: ‘The mother who died kept her children alive by breastfeeding them and drinking her urine.
‘She died three or four hours before the rescue from dehydration after drinking no water for three days.’
He admitted their chances of survival would have been significantly increased if the group had had a radio or GPS or other security devices, including flares.
Four of the other five missing people on board the boat are Jose Javier Marcano Narvaez, Alejandro Osorio Graterol, Vianney Carolina Dos Santos Morales, and Remis David Camblor to have been acting as the boat skipper.