If there is a person to show an example of survival skills it is a 57-year-old Madagascar police [gendarmerie] Minister, General Serge Gelle, who swam for 12 hours after a helicopter he was flying with crashed inside the Indian Ocean.
According to Gelle: “There were four of us in the aircraft. I was seated behind the pilot…Not having a life jacket, I unfastened the seat and used it as a buoy. I stayed calm and took off anything heavy I was carrying like my boots and belt. I did everything to stay alive.”
In his words: “My turn to die has not yet come, thank God. I’m well. I’m just cold…I’m sad because I don’t know if my friends are alive.”
This is a true mark of a selfless general, exemplary leader, and a true hero.
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