Madagascar’s police minister and an air force mechanic have survived, after they swam for 12 hours when their helicopter crashed into the Indian Ocean.
“It’s not my time to die,” a clearly exhausted Police Chief Serge Gelle said while receiving medical help.
The team was on its way to inspect the site of a shipwreck in the north-east of the country on Monday night when the crash took place.
A cargo ship that was not built to carry passengers was overloaded, causing water to flood its engine, which gave way, resulting in a shipwreck that has claimed at least 64 lives. An additional 20 are still missing while 40 were rescued.
Shipwrecks due to overloading and other avoidable human errors are rampant in many parts of Africa. They occur so frequently that they hardly make the news anymore.