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JAPAN DISASTER: Japanese man rescued far out to sea after tsunami

AFP, TOKYO

A Japanese man who was swept 15km out to sea by Japan’s deadly tsunami was plucked to safety yesterday after being spotted clinging to a piece of wreckage, officials said.

A Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer rescued 60-year-old Hiromitsu Shinkawa after discovering him floating on a piece of roof in waters off Fukushima Prefecture, two days after the disaster struck.

The man, from the city of Minamisoma which has been virtually obliterated, was swept out along with his house after the massive tsunami tore into Japan’s northeast following Friday’s magnitude 8.9 earthquake.

He is conscious and in “good condition” after his rescue which took place at about 12:40pm, ministry officials said, adding that he was transported to hospital by helicopter.

“I ran away after learning that the tsunami was coming,” Shinkawa told rescuers, according to Jiji Press.

“But I turned back to pick up something at home when I was washed away. I was rescued while I was hanging to the roof of my house,” he said.

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