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
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)

(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.

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Jan 20, 2013 2:23 PM CST
nice try! better luck next time god bless!
Jan 20, 2013 12:02 PM CST
LOL Tasmania: island off coast of Australia. Tanzania: country south of Kenya in Africa
Jan 20, 2013 10:57 AM CST
Polly, this has to be one of the biggest screw ups in Newser history. The sailor was picked up off the coast of where? Tanzania? A country in eastern Africa? Or Tasmania, a state of Australia? Look again...and perhaps read the damn story.