Skip to comments.Japan tsunami survivor Hiromitsu Shinkawa found 10 miles out at sea
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.
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Wow. Hope he’s ok.
would love to have Marshall mcluhans take on how someone bothered to snap a picture before reeling him in.
Wow. I bet he thought he was a goner.
Amazing!...and sad there aren’t more stories like this - hopefully there are and we just aren’t reading/seeing them.
And the water at this time of year is frigid.
That made me a bit misty reading that
“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.
[He may be the luckiest guy in Japan right now]
His wife is still missing. She was with him when the tsunami hit.
He “went back to get his belongings” which, hopefully means his family and neighbors made it. He has had remarkable luck.
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.
I didn’t take the time to read the whole story,sorry.
I shouldn’t post before reading completely. He lost his wife so his luck is questionable. The decision to go back will haunt him.
Not enough information about his relationship with his wife to make a call on that one?
This movie is a true story of a couple in a similar situation.......
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.
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.
That’s a bit of a miracle, there, cracker.
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.
Wow. You are a remarkably fortunate and blessed man.
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...
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.
Hi sweetie. yes it is beyond belief what has occurred there
I get a sense of desolation and despair just reading about it!
Here is AOL News report on the same topic. It has the advantage of including 500 photos of the quake story.
“I thought today was the last day of my life,” it quoted him as saying.
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.
God bless him! :*)
Prayers going up that he finds his wife and family members safe and sound!
God Bless him!
I’ll bet money he was a Christian... or at least is one now.
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.
GOD was with you and those who rescued you. Thanks to God for protecting a fellow Freeper.
condolences on the loss of your dear friend. Sounds like he was a very special and good person.
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.
I don’t even want to think about what he may have witnessed.
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.
Thanks for sharing that with us....good friends are priceless as you just stated. Awesome lifes journey Ted had.
You stay safe my friend....
incredible story. Glad you are here to tell it.
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.
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.
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