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Japan tsunami survivor Hiromitsu Shinkawa found 10 miles out at sea
The Guardian UK ^ | 3/13/2011 | Justin McCurry

Posted on 03/13/2011 9:01:55 AM PDT by GVnana

Tsunami victim Hiromitsu Shinkawa, 65, waves to rescuers who spotted him floating on the roof of his home nearly 10 miles out to sea. Photograph: AP

A 65-year-old man has been found on the roof of his floating house nearly 10 miles out at sea, two days after the tsunami that devastated the north-east coast of Japan.

Hiromitsu Shinkawa must have resigned himself to his fate when he was swept away by the retreating tsunami that roared ashore in his home town of Minami Soma in Fukushima prefecture.

As the wave approached, Shinkawa took the fateful decision to return home to collect belongings. Minutes later he was out at sea clinging to a piece of the roof from his own home.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


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KEYWORDS: 1luckyperson; earthquake; japan; nevergoback; survivor; tsunami
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Poor man. How many others?
1 posted on 03/13/2011 9:01:57 AM PDT by GVnana
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To: GVnana

Wow. Hope he’s ok.


2 posted on 03/13/2011 9:03:03 AM PDT by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: GVnana
Poor? He made it! Rich!

would love to have Marshall mcluhans take on how someone bothered to snap a picture before reeling him in.

3 posted on 03/13/2011 9:05:18 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Every knife in my back pushes me forward.)
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To: GVnana
He may be the luckiest guy in Japan right now.What are the odds ?
4 posted on 03/13/2011 9:05:21 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: GVnana

Wow. I bet he thought he was a goner.


5 posted on 03/13/2011 9:06:11 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: GVnana

Wow! Amazing!


6 posted on 03/13/2011 9:06:52 AM PDT by twyn1
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To: GVnana

Amazing!...and sad there aren’t more stories like this - hopefully there are and we just aren’t reading/seeing them.


7 posted on 03/13/2011 9:07:23 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: GVnana

And the water at this time of year is frigid.


8 posted on 03/13/2011 9:08:47 AM PDT by fso301
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To: the invisib1e hand
True. I was thinking of this: "Reports said that on being handed a drink aboard the rescue boat, Shinkawa gulped it down and immediately burst into tears. His wife, with whom he had returned home as the tsunami approached, is still missing.
9 posted on 03/13/2011 9:08:54 AM PDT by GVnana
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To: GVnana

That made me a bit misty reading that


10 posted on 03/13/2011 9:11:32 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom!!! <sarc>)
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To: GVnana

“how many others?”

Makes you wonder, doesn’t it? I mean even a handful is great news. I hope this man is okay and prayers for him.


11 posted on 03/13/2011 9:11:44 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Farmer Dean

[He may be the luckiest guy in Japan right now]

His wife is still missing. She was with him when the tsunami hit.


12 posted on 03/13/2011 9:11:54 AM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: GVnana

He “went back to get his belongings” which, hopefully means his family and neighbors made it. He has had remarkable luck.


13 posted on 03/13/2011 9:12:08 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: GVnana
I went overboard once and was in the water for about 45 minutes, until someone noticed and the skipper retraced the course. It is a feeling I don't want to experience again, for sure.

It doesn't take long before you start "feeling" things bumping your feet!

Seeing that little snapper boat coming back into sight was the prettiest thing I've ever seen. Your head isn't very visible in the middle of the ocean, it took prayers, good navigation and a lot of luck to find me.

14 posted on 03/13/2011 9:15:22 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: KansasGirl

I didn’t take the time to read the whole story,sorry.


15 posted on 03/13/2011 9:16:22 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: GVnana

I shouldn’t post before reading completely. He lost his wife so his luck is questionable. The decision to go back will haunt him.


16 posted on 03/13/2011 9:16:49 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: GVnana

Amazing.


17 posted on 03/13/2011 9:18:56 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Nightshift

Gnip


18 posted on 03/13/2011 9:20:55 AM PDT by tutstar
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To: JimSEA
He lost his wife so his luck is questionable.

Not enough information about his relationship with his wife to make a call on that one?

19 posted on 03/13/2011 9:21:07 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Judas Iscariot - the first social justice advocate. John 12:3-6)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

This movie is a true story of a couple in a similar situation.......

20 posted on 03/13/2011 9:24:07 AM PDT by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Wow. That was always my big fear — to fall off the flight deck at night. The ocean is dark and terrible at night. Your experience must have been terrifying.


21 posted on 03/13/2011 9:25:38 AM PDT by gcraig (Freedom isn't free)
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To: GVnana
His wife, with whom he had returned home as the tsunami approached, is still missing.

Prayers for his wife and the thousands of others.

So, was whatever it was they went back into the house for worth the price they paid? At 65, one would think he'd have known better. Rule #1 - never, ever go back in for anything unless it's a child. Rule #2 - see #1. Things are replaceable, people are not.

22 posted on 03/13/2011 9:25:38 AM PDT by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

That’s a bit of a miracle, there, cracker.


23 posted on 03/13/2011 9:29:04 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Every knife in my back pushes me forward.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Exactly!!


24 posted on 03/13/2011 9:31:12 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: al baby
That made me a bit misty reading that

It's heartbreaking, isn't it?

I hope he'll be OK and hope agaisnt hope that his wife will turn up somehow, but it doesn't look good.

Prayers for all of those shattered by this disaster.

25 posted on 03/13/2011 9:33:15 AM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Wow. You are a remarkably fortunate and blessed man.


26 posted on 03/13/2011 9:33:47 AM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
I went overboard once and was in the water for about 45 minutes...

That was probably the longest 45 minutes of your life.

I'm so glad you were rescued. I guess God wasn't ready for you to come home just yet...

27 posted on 03/13/2011 9:36:15 AM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

I take your point! Because the Japanese love cameras, phones and gadgets we have amazing footage of this natural disaster. I know someone in Tokyo who is skyping (sic?) to her father in NYC.


28 posted on 03/13/2011 9:36:26 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Allegra

Hi sweetie. yes it is beyond belief what has occurred there


29 posted on 03/13/2011 9:37:52 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom!!! <sarc>)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I get a sense of desolation and despair just reading about it!


30 posted on 03/13/2011 9:39:43 AM PDT by GVnana
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To: GVnana; All

Here is AOL News report on the same topic. It has the advantage of including 500 photos of the quake story.

http://www.aolnews.com/2011/03/13/japan-man-hiromitsu-shinkawa-saved-from-rooftop-that-floated-to/?ncid=webmail


31 posted on 03/13/2011 9:45:47 AM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: GVnana

32 posted on 03/13/2011 9:48:17 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: gleeaikin

“I thought today was the last day of my life,” it quoted him as saying.


33 posted on 03/13/2011 9:52:51 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (The whole earth may move, but God's throne is never shaken. I think I'll stand by Him...)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Been there in a way...extracted from a sub an upon surfacing I observed a visual version on your “alone”....versus your mental oh crap event.

Albeit I was only a short dive back to safety it was still thought provoking.

That said folks...never go into harms way for material items. Keepsakes aren’t worth ones life ....

Prayers for his wife an others lost.


34 posted on 03/13/2011 9:54:07 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: GVnana

God bless him! :*)
Prayers going up that he finds his wife and family members safe and sound!


35 posted on 03/13/2011 9:57:09 AM PDT by pillut48 (Israel doesn't have a friend in President Obama...and neither does the USA! (h/t pgkdan))
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To: GVnana

God Bless him!


36 posted on 03/13/2011 10:01:19 AM PDT by NoGrayZone (Hell really is a bottomless pit of fire. Which side of the line are you going to choose? Palin/West)
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To: GVnana

I’ll bet money he was a Christian... or at least is one now.


37 posted on 03/13/2011 10:03:48 AM PDT by Safrguns
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To: GVnana
The guy is lucky his house floats, I wonder if he had Styrofoam for insulation
38 posted on 03/13/2011 10:06:13 AM PDT by ReformedBeckite ( post 1 of 3 I'm only allowing my self each day)
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To: Squantos
We fished a little 32 footer, a modified Greek sponge boat hull built in 1928. The skipper was a technical wizard and became like a big brother to me. He modified an air force surplus Loran unit to work from a surplus 600V dynamotor and we were one of the first small boats in this area to have Loran. Everyone else in the shrimp and snapper fleets was using dead reckoning and RDF at the time.

If I had been with anyone other than Ted Yocius I'd probably still be out there.

Ted and his mother got out of Lithuania when he was just a kid, he could remember both Nazi and Soviet oppression. He was one tough nut, one of the strongest men I've ever known, and brilliant mentally to boot.

Ted and I had the kind of relationship where we would both be thinking along the same lines in just about any situation, a once in a lifetime friendship.Ted shared my love of photography and nature, he had a tropical seashell he discovered named in his honor.

Ted died a couple of years ago, it was the same as losing a brother.

39 posted on 03/13/2011 10:14:34 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

GOD was with you and those who rescued you. Thanks to God for protecting a fellow Freeper.


40 posted on 03/13/2011 10:17:56 AM PDT by 4integrity
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

condolences on the loss of your dear friend. Sounds like he was a very special and good person.


41 posted on 03/13/2011 10:21:55 AM PDT by 4integrity
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To: the invisib1e hand
"....how someone bothered to snap a picture before reeling him in."

He was picked up by a JASDF patrol boat, who lowered a motor whaleboat to transfer him to the larger boat.

Lots of cellphone cameras on board.

Ever seen a Jap tourist??? They take pictures of EVERYTHING.

42 posted on 03/13/2011 10:25:19 AM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: Farmer Dean

I don’t even want to think about what he may have witnessed.


43 posted on 03/13/2011 10:34:15 AM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: GVnana
They were just talking about this on NHK Tokyo Live TV english.
44 posted on 03/13/2011 10:36:07 AM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: diogenes ghost

10 miles out...and take a look at all that debris....I sure hope most people got out of their houses before the water hit.


45 posted on 03/13/2011 10:38:26 AM PDT by spokeshave (WTF....the only thing 0bambi's investments will get us is a bullet train to bankruptcy.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thanks for sharing that with us....good friends are priceless as you just stated. Awesome lifes journey Ted had.

You stay safe my friend....


46 posted on 03/13/2011 10:46:43 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

incredible story. Glad you are here to tell it.


47 posted on 03/13/2011 10:46:59 AM PDT by squarebarb
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To: bgill

On the other hand, going back to the house may have saved his life. If he was out in the open, he would have been killed immediately. Being in the house apparently gave him protection from the initial surge and then gave him a raft to cling to.


48 posted on 03/13/2011 10:54:08 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: GVnana

Surreal


49 posted on 03/13/2011 11:11:33 AM PDT by tophat9000 (.............................. BP + BO = BS ...........................Formula for a disaster...)
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To: JoeProBono

What a fortunate man.

Just look at that debris 10 miles out! If you weren’t told, you’d think that was a couple hundred yards offshore, but not 10 miles. That is incredible.


50 posted on 03/13/2011 11:58:45 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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