March 14, 2011

JAPAN: 60-Year Old Rescued, Wife Washed Away

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SHANGHAI, China / The Shanghai Daily / World / March 14, 2011

Untold suffering in wake of tsunami

........"This is Japan's most severe crisis since the war ended 65 years ago," Japan's Prime Minister Nato Kan told reporters.

In a rare piece of good news, the Defense Ministry said a military vessel rescued a 60-year-old man floating off the coast of Fukushima on the roof of his house yesterday after being swept away in the tsunami. He was in good condition.

For two days, Hiromitsu Shinkawa tried to get the attention of helicopters and ships that passed by - to no avail.
Finally, a Japanese military vessel spotted him waving a red cloth about 15 kilometers offshore from the city of Minamisoma.

Shinkawa told his rescuers the tsunami hit as he and his wife returned home to gather some belongings after Friday's quake. His wife was swept away......

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