“It happened to me unconsciously, and irresponsible, the sea was rough and I got the same,” said Marcos Tabarcachi, a Jujuy policeman. The terrible story of two days of despair.
The Naval Prefecture rescued at the height of Punta Rasa a young policeman who was lost at sea for two days, after entering to sail with his kayak during times of strong waves and currents. The rescued, 29 year old man, went sailing on Sunday in the area of Buenos Aires San Clemente del Tuyú, and hours later his wife Carla gave notice to Civil Defense because he had not returned.
Prefectura deployed a search operation that included a PA-14 helicopter that departed from the Mar del Plata Air Station. The coast guard “Bahía Blanca” and “Lago Mascardi” and semi-rigid boats also participated in the rescue.
The kayaker was located at 14:00 this Tuesday, drifting in his kayak about 18 kilometers from the coast and rescued by a Prefectura vessel. The young Marcos Tabarcachi, was in acceptable condition despite what he indured, although he was very dehydrated.
“He passed me by unconscious, irresponsible, the sea was rough and I got the same,” said Marcos, a native of Jujuy, at the TN sign. The kayaker said that “the first night was the worst” and said that since he has “a little knowledge of survival”, he knew that “the main thing was not to despair”.
Marcos said that after the first night drifting in the sea, at dawn he had lost visual contact with the coast, so from that moment he chose to be guided by the sun to try to paddle towards the beach.
“I managed to get closer to the coast, but the waves were so strong that I could not reach it and the current sent me back to the sea,” he said. According to him, his idea on Sunday was simply to get up to about twenty meters from the coast to fish for about an hour and then return to the beach.
“When I turned the kayak I thought I was going to die because there were very big waves and it was very difficult for me to swim to retrieve the paddle and get back to the kayak I knew that without the kayak and paddle I was lost”
The strong swell took the anchor of his kayak and then dragged it out to sea, at times when it was recorded “very strong wind, very large waves, and felt very cold, because he was in shirt and shorts”.
“The first night I thought about my family and when it was daytime I paddled without stopping from dawn until it got dark,” said Marcos, but despite his efforts he did not make it to the coast. The most complicated moment of the odyssey occurred on Monday, when the waves threw him into the sea and he began to see his two-seater kayak move away.
“The second day I went around the kayak, I was paddling calmly and a wave gave it back to me, there I was an oar, so I swam in the waves until I grabbed the paddle and then the kayak, but I could not give it I made about ten attempts to turn it around to get on and I could not, so I opted to get on the turned kayak and stayed there until they found me, “he said.
Marcos said that the first night he spent at sea saw the helicopter that was looking for him, but from the ship they could not see it. “I was tired of paddling, I saw the shore in the distance but I could not get there,” he said of his hours before the rescue.
Without water or food, Mark dozed seated at times until finally was spotted by a plane from the Prefecture that, after a low flight reconnaissance, marked its location so that a coastguard could pick it up and bring it ashore.
“When I turned the kayak I thought I was going to die because they were very big waves and it was very difficult for me to swim to retrieve the paddle and get back to the kayak, I knew that without the kayak and paddle I was lost,” he recalled. police, father of a small son, from the hospital to which he was transferred after his rescue.