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Hideaki's wife of twenty years was still buried inside the lake somewhere. She hadn't gotten out. She wasn't answering her phone. The water was still rising, the sun was setting, cars and # were swooshing past on a river of sea water, and and rescue workers told him there was nothing that could be done – the only thing left was to sit back, wait for the military to arrive, and hope that they can get in there and rescue the survivors before it's too late. With 10,000 citizens of Ishinomaki still missing and unaccounted for, the odds weren't great that Hideaki would ever see his wife again.badassoftheweek.com...
He's an. [snip] insane bad***, and he wasn't going to sit back and just let his wife die alone, freezing to death in a miserable water-filled tomb. He was going after her. No matter what.badassoftheweek.com...
"The water felt very cold, dark and scary," he recalls. "I had to swim about 200 yards (180m) to her, which was quite difficult with all the floating wreckage."
Hideaki maintained his composure and navigated his way through the submerged city, finally tracking down his old house. He quickly swam through to find his totally-freaked-out wife, alone and stranded on the upper level of their house, barely keeping her head above water. He grabbed her tight, and presumably sharing his rebreather with her, dragged her out of the wreckage to safety. She survived. badassoftheweek.com...
Originally posted by burntheships
reply to post by howmuch4another
Your welcome very much.
I was just really touched by this story...
How many of us would do this? We all talk about our bug out bags...
But if it came down to it, would we go out and use them like Hidaki?
Originally posted by howmuch4another
Well the thought of the terror my wife and child would be going through would be enough for me personally. I would rather die trying to save my loved ones than being without them.
Originally posted by zorgon
A young Panda at the zoo hugs his rescuer
A dog rescued
Originally posted by Shirak
Do you have a source or story for the panda?
Four of the center's staff died in the quake while others risked their lives to rescue panda cubs. "They were very scared and disturbed when the earthquake happened. They needed support from their keepers before they would eat again," one keeper said. "We talk to the pandas and play with them—that helps give them psychological support."