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Tragedy at Lake Cardiel: one of the victims gave his life for that of a baby


Marilena Bossio (26), a veterinary doctor from Cordoba, gave her life preserver to an 8-year-old boy, who managed to survive.

Carlos Guajardo

02/28/2021 21:13

  • Clarí

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Updated 02/28/2021 9:13 PM

Marilena Bossio was passing through Gobernador Gregores, in Santa Cruz, visiting a friend and looking for work.

Cordobesa, 26, a veterinarian, was at Lake Cardiel this Saturday when a windstorm overturned several kayaks, leaving her and six other people adrift in its icy waters.

Marilena would end up giving her life for that of an 8-year-old boy.

The tragedy left

four dead


In addition to the young woman, Daniel Barría (33), president of the local Deliberative Council, died;

his brother Javier Barría (29), who worked as a police firefighter;

and Elsa Raquel Martínez (49).

The incident occurred around 3 pm in the Bahía El Griego area, 80 kilometers from Gobernador Gregores, a town located in the center of Santa Cruz with about 9,000 inhabitants, 424 kilometers from Río Gallegos.

The area is not easy to launch into adventure


The mountain lakes of Santa Cruz are characterized not only by their icy waters, but also by the wind conditions that prevail permanently.

The wind is one more element of any journey and, many times, it can be treacherous.

Veterinarian Marilena Bossio, one of the victims of the Lake Cardiel tragedy.

The rescuers managed to get three people out of the water alive: Claudio Barría (36), provincial deputy of the Frente de Todos and brother of the deceased;

Mateo Barría (8) and John Maximiliano Hofmann (28), Martínez's son.

The baby spent four hours shipwrecked in the icy water.

The veterinary doctor gave him her life preserver and that was key for him to survive.

Marilena was living with a friend.

She wanted to carry out her work as a veterinarian for large animals in the South, according to the sources consulted by



The bodies of the two women were found on the shores of the lake shortly before three in the morning.

Later they found those of the Barría brothers.

The three rescued from the waters of Cardiel were admitted to the local hospital with hypothermia.

This lake is usually used for nautical sports.

It has a length of 25 kilometers, an area of ​​approximately 400 square kilometers, and an average depth of 49 meters.

Neighbors of Gobernador Gregores, Puerto San Julián and Comandante Luis Piedra Buena had convened through social networks to collaborate during the early morning in the search, which was in charge of local and provincial Police and Fire divisions, together with the National Gendarmerie and Naval Prefecture.

Last February 9, the diver and firefighter Barría had participated in the operation that culminated after six days with the discovery of the body of the adolescent Tomás Alegre (17) in the Santa Cruz River, in Comandante Luis Piedra Buena.

Condolences for the tragedy of Governor Gregores.

Photo Facebook.

In 2015, the environmental philanthropist

Douglas Tompkins

 (72) died in the same way as the Gregores kayakers.

It was in a nearby lake, but still bigger: Lake Buenos Aires.

A storm surprised him while he was rowing, he turned his boat and could not get out of the hypothermia box.

He died within hours.


The veterinary doctor Marilena Bossio, a graduate of this house of studies, and a very dear student and colleague has passed away. She

gave her life to save a child who was drowning in a lake, at all times of the tragic moment, her concern was The boy.

Those of us who knew her know of her human qualities. The brief passage through this life, of her beautiful soul, should be a source of pride. We must honor her by following her example. It is the best way to keep her alive in memory and in heart. May our tears carry so much pain and this, becomes the energy to move forward, because they are people like that, who change the world

", wrote on Facebook the Veterinary School Hospital of the National University of Río Cuarto (Córdoba ).

In addition, the Frente de Todos bloc in the Santa Cruz Chamber of Deputies expressed "

its deep condolences and support

" to the legislator Claudio Barría "for the tragic loss of his brothers Daniel and Javier, who served as president of the Honorable Deliberative Council of that locality, and as personnel of the Fire Department of the Provincial Police, respectively ".


Source: clarin

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