After intense search and rescue efforts, units of the Colombian Navy found Mr. Juan De la Cruz Sousa, a 78-year-old adult who had been reported missing by his relatives. The rescue was carried out in the sector Caño Chaquita of the Atabapo River, in the department of Guainía.
To find the elderly, the search and rescue operations were conducted for nine days by the Navy Infantry Battalion No.50, in coordination with the Disaster Risk Management Unit of Inírida, the Civil Defense and the firemen.
Once the older adult was found, he was given first aid and then transported in coordination with his family to the Municipal Hospital Manuel Elkin Patarroyo in Inírida where he was received by doctors, staying under hospital care, accompanied by his family, he had symptoms of dehydration.
Judith de La Cruz, daughter of the rescued older adult, said "On behalf of the De la Cruz family, we thank the Colombian Navy and the Navy infantry for the rescue of my father and the support they provide us."