7/21/2011 A pro diver who survived tsunami passes on his lessons
Source: Asahi Shimbun
by: By YUMI NAKAYAMA
Jun Abe, a professional diver who survived the March 11 tsunami, discusses his experiences with sketches he drew in Osaki, Miyagi Prefecture. Hanging in the background is a diving suit he donned when he was drifting in the tsunami. (Kenta Sujino)
A professional diver who survived the horrendous tsunami after drifting for 7 kilometers on top of a floorboard from his office along with his wife shared his sketches and his experiences with college students in Tokyo, in what he hopes could save their lives someday.
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A sketch by Jun Abe shows how he tried to drag himself on to the floorboard after being thrown into the water in the March 11 quake and tsunami. Only a floorboard of his office in Higashi-Matsushima in Miyagi Prefecture remained when the drifting structure smashed into a bridge, shearing off the building's roof and walls. His wife, Shimako, was also aboard the board, boosting his spirits. (Sketch provided by Jun Abe)
Jun Abe tries to grab the hand of his wife, Shimako, who was in their house about 30 meters from his office when it, swept by the tsunami, came alongside his office building. (Sketch provided by Jun Abe)