- Category : 1924-births
- Type : GE
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Unexpected 3
French biologist, physician and politician famous for sailing across the Atlantic Ocean in a small boat.
On 19 October 1952 Bombard began his solitary trip across the Atlantic for the West Indies. He sailed in a Zodiac inflatable boat called l'Hérétique, which was only 4.5 metres (15 ft) long, taking only a sextant and almost no provisions. Bombard reports he survived by fishing (and using fish as source of both fresh water and food) with a self-made harpoon and hooks and harvesting the surface plankton with a small net. He also drank a limited amount of seawater for a long period on his trip. Bombard reached Barbados on 23 December 1952 after 4,400 km of travel. He had lost 25 kg and was briefly hospitalized. He published a book about his trip entitled "Naufragé Volontaire" in 1953.
Bombard died in the southern French town of Toulon on 19 July 2005 at age 80.