Tsunami-Swept Yacht Rescue

April 24, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized 

Takayuki Nozawa – when this man’s boat was swept out to sea by the Japanese tsunami in 2011 he decided to make the rescue mission personal. Mr. Nozawa hired a helicopter to take him to where his boat had been swept by the tsunami and fearlessly plunged into the ocean while the helicopter hovered above his vessel. I can’t even imagine the adrenaline that must have been pumping through his veins as he looked down below at the ocean being disturbed by the blades from the helicopter. Nor can I imagine the overwhelming joy he felt as he climbed aboard his 57′ Betram named “Golden Bay”.

The water that Takayuki jumped into from 50 feet above was a chilling temperature of about 45 degrees Fahrenheit. “The cold so bad I think I die,” he said with a grin, “so I swim fast.” This man’s courage and dedication to bringing home his “home away from home” is something to truly be marveled at – tens of thousands of people lost their boats because they were claimed by the tsunami – this man refused to let his boat suffer the same fate.

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