Cruise Ship Rescues Sailor on Around-the-World Try

Alain Delord was adrift for 3 days after losing yacht

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 20, 2013 6:03 AM CST

(Newser) – A 63-year-old sailor was rescued today after three days adrift off the coast of Tasmania, reports the BBC. Frenchman Alain Delord was picked up by a cruise ship returning from Antarctica after he was forced to abandon his yacht on Friday when the mast broke during his around-the-world attempt. Authorities had been able to drop food and water to him, but a helicopter rescue wasn't possible given his remote location. He was uninjured.

This March 10, 2012 file photo shows a ship adrift. A cruise ship today picked up stranded sailor Alain Delord after three days in a life boat.
This March 10, 2012 file photo shows a ship adrift. A cruise ship today picked up stranded sailor Alain Delord after three days in a life boat.   (AP Photo/Jeff Gilligan)
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