posted on Jan, 22 2005 @ 10:11 AM
Michael Mangal was swept out to sea when the first tsunami wave retreated after striking his island of Pillow Panja. When the second wave deposited
him back on the island, he realized that he was the only survivor of his village. He survived until now, injured and alone, on coconuts
Waving a flag made of his clothes, a tsunami victim dressed only in his underwear was rescued after surviving alone for 25 days on a flattened island
in India's Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, authorities said Saturday.
The tale of survival reached Port Blair, the capital and the region's only city, on Saturday as authorities slowly established normal communication
links with faraway islands.
A total of 1,899 people were declared dead across the Andaman and Nicobar islands following the Dec. 26 tsunami, and at least 5,553 remain missing.
Hope has run out for the untraced people. But on Saturday, officials on Campbell Bay island reported that a Nicobarese man named Michael Mangal had
been spotted on deserted Pillow Panja island on Jan. 19, wearing underwear and waving a cloth made from the rest of his clothes.
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There have been many stories of "miraculous" surivival since the days following the tsunami. Certainly, there can be no real answers as to why
many perished and a few were spared, but in some of these cases, it is evident that the human spirit to survive was of paramount importance.
"Miracles do happen," one offical noted, but the miracle explanation often fails to tell the whole story.
[edit on 05/1/22 by GradyPhilpott]