December 22 – Recently, a helicopter crashed near the northeast coast of the country. Two people, including a senior official from the country, swam for about 12 hours and their whereabouts are still unknown.
According to CBS News and other media reports on the 21st, the crash occurred on the 20th. That morning, Gail, the head of the police minister of the Ministry of Defense of Madagascar, and others flew a helicopter to inspect a sunken ship site near the northeast coast. Unexpectedly, the plane crashed. Eventually, Gail and another colleague landed in the country’s coastal town of Mahabo after swimming for about 12 hours
In a video shared on social media, 57-year-old Gail lay exhaustedly in the lounge chair, still wearing his camouflage clothes. He said that “my death date has not arrived yet” and said that he felt cold, but he was not injured. Malagasy sheriff Lavawi said that Gail has always been energetic and iron-willed, just like a “30-year-old man”. At present, the police are still searching and rescuing two passengers on board the plane, and the cause of the crash is still unknown.