Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 23 May 2019

French sailor found by Israeli army after weeks adrift

He was discovered drifting near the Gaza strip

The boat and its sailor were discovered off the coast of Gaza. In January an Egyptian fishermen's boat was destroyed on a beach in the southern Gaza Strip. EPA
The boat and its sailor were discovered off the coast of Gaza. In January an Egyptian fishermen's boat was destroyed on a beach in the southern Gaza Strip. EPA

A French sailor lost in the Mediterranean for weeks has been rescued by the Israeli military off the Gaza coast, the army said Friday.

The man was recovered Thursday night drifting in a boat with a broken radio and no steering system near the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian enclave bordering Israel and Egypt, the army said on Twitter.

"Our soldiers came across his boat near the Gaza Strip, rescued him, and took him for medical treatment," the tweet said.

An army spokeswoman described the man as a fisherman travelling from Egypt towards Gaza. She said he was injured in the leg.

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The tweet included a photo of a smiling man with greying hair wearing a sea jacket and hat and surrounded by soldiers aboard what appears to be an Israeli boat.

There were no further details on the circumstances of the rescue or the man's identity.

The French embassy in Tel Aviv said it had received information about the incident from the Israeli army, but did not have more any more details.

Updated: January 18, 2019 10:35 PM

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