Madagascar minister swims for 12 hours after helicopter crash

Madagascar minister swims for 12 hours after helicopter crash

تاریخ : 18 دی 1400

A minister in Madagascar's government a helicopter and a marathon swim. Serge Gelle, the country's for police, swam to the mainland on Tuesday after the helicopter he was a passenger in crashed into the Indian Ocean off the island's north-east coast. Mr Gelle was one of two known to have survived the crash. They both swam for 12 hours to reach the . Gelle told reporters that he used one of the helicopter's seats as a . News agencies are reporting that at least 39 people in the disaster. A police said workers had 18 bodies. He that the could increase over the next few days.

Mr Gelle, 57, was in after his rescue, despite looking totally . He managed to to his to reporters. He spoke to journalists while in a and still wearing his . He said he himself from the aircraft when he knew it was in trouble. He became earlier this year after serving in the police force for three decades. His colleague offered a reason as to why he survived the crash. He said: "Gelle has always had great in sport, and he's kept up this rhythm as minister, just like a 30-year-old. He has nerves of steel." Mr Gelle said: "My time to die hasn't come yet." The cause of the crash is currently .