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article image65-year-old Japanese tsunami survivor rescued 10 miles out of sea

By Adeline Yuboco     Mar 13, 2011 in World
Tokyo - A Japanese military vessel rescued a man ten miles out at sea two days after the tsunami that followed the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that devastated the country of Japan.
65-year-old Hiromitsu Shinkawa was found waving a red cloth on top of a roof that had once been his roof ten miles off the shores of Fukushima prefecture by the crew of the Japanese self-defense destroyer Chokai. Crew members used a small boat to pluck him out of the ocean and bring him onboard before he was transported by helicopter to a hospital to receive treatment.
Apart from sustaining minor injuries on his face and arm, Shinkawa was conscious and in good health, according to Defense Ministry spokesman Yoshiyuki Kotake.
Shinkawa, a resident from the city of Minamisoma, burst into tears after being handed a drink by his rescuers. "Several helicopters and ships passed by, but none noticed me," he told them. "I thought today was going to be the last day of my life."
In an interview with Jiji Press, Shinkawa said that he and his wife were running away after they heard news of the oncoming tsunami. As the wave approached, they decided to turn back to take some of their belongings. Minutes later, his house was swept away by the strong waters. Shinkawa clung onto the roof of his house as the waters took him out to sea.
His wife had been swept away by the tsunami and is feared to be dead.
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