Rescuers discovered 2 shipwrecked children clinging to their dead mother, who had saved their lives by drinking her urine to breastfeed them

Aerial view of Tortuga Island, in the south of the Caribbean Sea, Venezuela. Here the family's boat capsized. Juan Barreton / AFP via Getty Images
A Venezuelan mother died rescuing her children after a boat they were on this month capsized.
While floating on a lifeboat for days, Mariely Chacón drank her own urine to breastfeed her children.
Rescue workers found the children, ages 2 and 6, clinging to their mother, who died of dehydration.
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A Venezuelan woman was hailed as a heroine for keeping her children alive after the boat they were sitting on capsized, leaving them drifting in the sea every four days, Newsweek reported.
Mariely Chacón, her husband, and their two children, ages 6 and 2, were with five other people on a pleasure cruise from Higuerote to Tortuga Island, Venezuela, when a large wave split the hull of the boat on September 3rd.
The incident forced the group to float in the scorching sun on a small lifeboat for four days.
To keep her children alive, Chacón drank her urine, which allowed her to breastfeed them, Newsweek reported.
The children, identified as Jose David and Maria Beatriz Camblor Chacón, were found alive by rescuers earlier this week. They clung to their mother, who had died of dehydration.
"The late mother kept her children alive by breastfeeding them and drinking their own urine," a spokesman for the Instituto Nacional de los Espacios Acuáticos (INEA) told the New York Post. "She died of dehydration three or four hours before the rescue after not drinking water for three days."
The children's nanny, 25-year-old Veronica Martinez, was also found alive on the lifeboat. She was being treated for first degree burns and dehydration, according to the New York Post.
The other five people, including the children's father, have not yet been found. The INEA spokesman said there was very little chance of finding them.
Chacón's death shocked the nation. Her funeral took place on September 11th and was streamed on YouTube.
Her father, Humberto Chacón, said the pleasure cruise was "just a family outing to keep the kids entertained," according to Newsweek.
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