A Virgin Mary statue that vanished 10 years ago has now reappeared at the bottom of a riverbed due to a hurricane, in what locals have called a “miracle”.
The steel statue disappeared in 2010 when Hurricane Alex swept through the city of Monterrey in Mexico and was lost to the Santa Catarina River for a decade.
But, after Hurricane Hanna struck on August 2, the monument was found just 200 metres from where it was erected.
Incredible footage shows the statue protruding from the riverbed after years of being buried.
David Galaviz, 40, a professor at the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, took the drone footage and said the appearance of the statue has caused a stir among locals.
“There are people coming here to sing to the statue, they light candles and pray for sick people,” he said.
“Other people claim that it appeared to help the sick people get well and see it as something like a miracle.”
The steel statue is 12 metres high and weighs 10 tonnes. It is called Our Lady of Guadalupe – a Catholic title of the Virgin Mary.
Monterrey Mayor Adrian de la Garza was also overjoyed at the discovery. He wrote on Twitter: “Hanna also left us something nice.
“A few days after hitting the area, the emblematic sculpture of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the same one that went missing 10 years ago, has reappeared on the Santa Catarina riverbed.”
It comes after hundreds of Christians flocked to a church in Mexico to witness another Virgin Mary statue “crying”.