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 12 comments Comments 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.