Two symbols that appear at various points are the tire and television.
Rolf becomes very involved with Azucena’s survival and hopeful rescue. He tries various tactics to release her from the mud, but has to admit that she is truly stuck. More than the mud, such as rubble or even other bodies, is holding her from below. He finally uses an old tire to prop her head up, and her head manages to stay out of the mud for a couple days. She does finally die, but not from drowning. The tire stands for hope.
Because Rolf has decided to help Azucena, he sets aside his role as cameraman. Although there are other news crews there, Rolf stops shooting. Yet because of the television, his girlfriend back home (the narrator) can see and hear the tragedy unfold. Although Rolf is not speaking directly to her, she maintains communication. Television stands for transformation. Rolf changes because he gives up his camera; he is not using the same mode of communication, and his reflections are part of what alters him. At the same time, because the narrator feels close to him and the others on the scene, she projects her story-telling power onto him. He remembers some of the stories she is always telling him, and in turn tells them to Azucena. Here as well, his personality changes by taking in some of his girlfriend’s identity.