Costa Rica News – A senior citizen survived two days among the mud in Palmar Sur, in Osa, Costa Rica.
He was found, weak and with hypothermia, and taken to a hospital where he was found to be in stable condition.
The 81-year-old, Alfredo Sequeira Ondoy, is a native of Ciudad Cortes. He has no children and lives with his wife. She was rescued but he was out tending to the pigs when the water rose. He climbed a tree and later made his way to the roof of his house.
Although his wife told rescuers he was there, they didn’t find him because he had gone into the house. The water was up to his waist and everything in the house floated. He was hit by a chest of drawers and that’s the last thing he remembers.
A neighbor returned to the area and heard very weak moans from the man’s house. He arrived to see only the face of a person in the mud. It was the man they all affectionately nicknamed “Papa.”
He called 911 and a boat of the Public Force entered the site and the man was given first aid. He was treated at a hospital and moved to a shelter. The shelter will send him back to the hospital for at least 24 hours more due to an injury on his foot and the fact that he is diabetic.
His wife is at another shelter but has been told that he survived.