On Sunday, a cruise ship on its way back from the Antarctic responded to a distress call from Australian authorities: a solo yachter had abandoned his boat near Tasmania and needing rescuing.
French sailor Alain Delord ran into trouble on Friday, when the rough weather broke his yacht's mast and forced him to abandon ship.
He spent three days on a life raft.
While Australian authorities were able to drop food, water, and a survival suit to the 63-year-old adventurer, the location was too remote for a helicopter rescue, BBC News reported.
Luxury cruise ship Orion answered the distress call instead, making a 53-hour diversion to pick up the sailor attempting an around-the-world voyage. Delord was eventually rescued uninjured and in "reasonable spirits."
The actual rescue mission took 25 minutes.
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