Amazing! Madagascar’s Minister Of Police Swims For 12 Hours After Helicopter Crash

Serge Gelle is Madagascar’s minister of police who avoided injury when his chopper crashed into the water on December 20. The story is making headlines emphasizing that he swam for 12 hours.

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The man is 57 years, and together with another officer were sent to a rescue mission for a sinking cargo ship.

The ferry transported 138 people illegally.

Sixty-four people are dead, and 24 are unaccounted for; 50 survivors.

Mr. Gelle and his friend and colleague managed to evacuate from the helicopter when it showed signs of crashing.

They arrived in Mahambo on Tuesday.

In one video, Mr. Gelle stated: “I am alive, I landed safely at Mahambo, and I am thankful to all the fishermen and residents of Mahambo, as well as to Mr. Jason, the hotel manager.”

“From 7.30 p.m. yesterday until 7.30 a.m. today, I’ve been swimming. Thankfully, God spared me from death.”

Two other passengers that were in the chopper are missing.

After the disaster, Jean Edmond Randrianantenaina, the Maritime and River Port Agency director-general, stated that a breach in the boat’s hull provided the water to enter inside.

“Water penetrated the engine room, based on the information we gathered,” he stated.

“At that point, the ship sank. We are unsure of the precise moment the water began to rise, but our interventions began shortly after 9 a.m.”

Andry Rajoelina, Madagascar’s President, offered condolences to the victim’s family and friends.

“My sympathies are with the victims and their devastated family members,” he said in a tweet. ‘’I pray sincerely for their souls’ salvation.’’

“My sympathies are also with the helicopter pilot, Colonel Henry Rakotomiliarison, and Colonel Olivier Andrianambinina, who were sent to the location as victims of a collision and are unaccounted for. Their loved ones and families deserve courage throughout this trying time.’’ He added.

“I commend General Serge Gellé, Secretary of State for the Gendarmerie, and Chief Warrant Officer Andrianarison Laitsara Jimmy, survivors of the helicopter accident while attempting to save the castaways.’’ The statement added.

“The state has been fully mobilized to give all aid required to the victims of these tragic occurrences.”

“Search activities are still saving lives,” he concluded.

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