Man swept out to sea rescued from roof by the military
Published 14/03/2011 | 05:00
A 60-year-old man has been rescued by the military after floating out to sea on the roof of his home when a tsunami engulfed Japan's coast.
Our picture shows Hiromitsu Shinkawa being pulled from the sea after he was spotted waving a red cloth about 10 miles offshore from the town of Minamisoma.
Mr Shinkawa told his rescuers that the tsunami hit as he and his wife returned home to gather some belongings after the quake. He said his wife was swept away.
For two days, he drifted off Japan's north-eastern coast, trying to get the attention of helicopters and ships.
"Several helicopters and ships passed by, but none of them noticed me," he said. "I thought today was the last day of my life."
Japanese troops used a small boat to pluck him from the ocean.