The Man Who Climbed the Wave

Imagine yourself in this Japanese fisherman’s place as his story unfolds.

When the tsunami came, everyone ran to the hills. But Sugawara ran to his boat and steered it into deeper waters. “I knew if I didn’t save my boat, my island would be isolated and in trouble,” he tells CNN. …

Then the first wave came. Sugawara says he is used to seeing waves up to 5 meters high but this was four-times that size.

“My feeling at this moment is indescribable,” he says with glistening eyes. “I talked to my boat and said you’ve been with me 42 years. If we live or die, then we’ll be together, then I pushed on full throttle.”

Motivated to preserve his boat as a transit link for the people of his small island, Susumu Sugawara has transported people and supplies to and from for free, every day since the tsunami struck.

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