Gap Fill - Survival - Level 6


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A minister in Madagascar's government has beaten the to survive a helicopter crash and a swim. Serge Gelle, the country's of state for police, swam to the on Tuesday after the helicopter he was a passenger in crashed into the Indian Ocean off the island's north-east . Mr Gelle was one of two passengers known to have survived the crash. They swam for 12 hours to reach the shore. Gelle told reporters that he used of the helicopter's seats as a flotation device. News agencies are reporting that at 39 people perished in the disaster. A police said rescue workers had retrieved 18 bodies. He lamented that the death toll could increase over the next days.

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