Accidentally dropped into shark-infested water

"Instead of arriving by staff car, or even helicopter, his favourite manner of inspecting a unit was to drop by parachute, arm at the salute, as he touched down."

However, this nearly ended in disaster recently when Bigeard, nearing 60, was inadvertently dropped into a shark infested sea while visiting troops in Madagascar. He broke an arm and was saved only when his faithful staff threw themselves into the seas after him.

More info about Marcel Bigeard: wikipedia

The book referenced in the clipping below is viewable on

London Daily Telegraph - Nov 9, 1977

Marcel Bigeard. Image source: zone militaire

     Posted By: Alex - Thu Oct 12, 2023
     Category: Accidents | Military | 1970s

With his beret still askew from the drop gone wrong?
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 10/12/23 at 07:41 AM
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