In Los Abrigos, the coastal town in the south of the island of Tenerife where the Argentine Rodrigo López Besso fell from a cliff, nobody can explain how it could have happened.
Last Saturday, at seven thirty in the morning, the emergency service 112 of Tenerife received a call to assist a person who had fallen between the rocks from several meters high. It was the firefighters who were able to rescue Rodrigo and, after stabilizing him, he was transferred in a medicalized ambulance to La Candelaria Hospital, in the north of the island.
Since then, his condition has been serious. He suffered injuries, head trauma and underwent surgery.
Rodrigo is from Córdoba, is 25 years old and has been in Los Abrigos for a short time, a town of 6.5 square kilometers 20 meters above sea level where about three thousand people live.
He was fishing there early Saturday when he fell, according to his mother, Marcia Besso, desperate to travel from Cordoba to accompany her son. "There's no one with him," he says.
"He has very severe head trauma and is also being dialyzed," Marcia says.
This Monday they called her from the Argentine consulate in Tenerife to give her another medical report: Rodrigo would no longer be sedated and doctors were waiting for his neurological reactions.
A cousin of his is traveling from Cordoba to Tenerife and Elsy, the woman who on Saturday morning discovered Rodrigo's body among the rocks, went to visit him in hospital, where he remains in intensive care.
Shocked by what happened to Rodrigo, Elsy told Alexis Tardella, a Cordovan who has lived in Los Abrigos for 22 years and where he owns a lottery, stationery and bookstore business.
"When it was known that the boy was from Cordoba like me, she came to tell me. She is a client and I have known her for years," Tardella told Clarín.
"Then I realized that Rodrigo had passed by the business a couple of times, we had had a coffee and he had asked me about apartments to rent," says Alexis. I was paying for a room in a shared flat. I worked in a hotel or a restaurant and wanted to rent an apartment near work."
Tardella has a business -Berly Multitienda- on the main street of the village and is an active neighbor in the neighborhood. He takes the lead in the association he founded seven years ago, Defending Los Abrigos, and this Tuesday he surprised the whole town when he presented them with some tin piggy banks that were stamped with a photo of Rodrigo smiling.
"Hello, group. We already have the piggy banks to collaborate with Rodri and his family. Every grain of sand adds up", invites Alexis to the collection.
Alexis Tardella, a Cordovan who has a business in the town where tragedy occurred, stamped a photo Rodrigo on piggy banks for people to collaborate.
"The solidarity of the people is impressive. They immediately ask me how to collaborate. And Elsy spoke to Rodrigo's mother and offered her her house so that, when she can travel, she can stay as long as she needs to be here with her son," explains Alexis.
And he tells a touching gesture from Elsy: "He went to see Rodrigo at the hospital and made a video call with his mother. He does not speak and is medicated but so that even if it is the family to see where he is, "says Tardella.
Los Abrigos, so named for the number of coves protected in the rock, is 15 kilometers from Granadilla de Abona, the municipality that has the longest sandy beaches on the island of Tenerife, the largest of the seven that make up the archipelago of the Canary Islands.
The family of Rodrigo López Besso asks for help through social networks to travel to Tenerife: from Argentina, by bank transfer, to CBU 01505153/1000132717918, in the name of Marcia Besso. The contact number is (0351)396-4567.