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Madagascar Minister Swims 12 Hours to Shore After Deadly Helicopter Crash

by Zablon Ondari
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Madagascar’s police minister swarm for 12 hours to safety after their aircraft crashed in the Indian Ocean.

Serge Gelle, 57, the island nation’s secretary of state for police was touring the site of a shipwreck when the aircraft crashed.

Gelle who spoke to the Evening Standard said that their helicopter had come down after catching a gust of wind, forcing him to swim from “7.30 pm on Tuesday, 21st December until 7.30 am on Wednesday, 22nd December” to the coastal town of Mahambo.

“It’s not my time to die. I would just like you to broadcast this video for my family to see, my colleagues to see, the government members to see. [I am] alive and well,” Gelle was quoted as saying by the Evening Standard.

Another passenger, air force mechanic Jimmy Laitsara, also survived the crash and swam to shore, news agencies reported.

The helicopter’s pilot and another military officer are still missing.

Authorities say the case of the helicopter crash is yet to be established.

Some 64 people died in Monday night’s ship accident that Gelle and his team had been flying out to. According to the maritime agency, 45 people have been rescued while 20 others are still missing.

The wrecked vessel, a cargo ship involved was not authorised to carry passengers.

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