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People Are Awesome


World  (tags: 'HUMANRIGHTS!', children, crisis, earthquake, Heroism, Japan, Nuclear disaster, tsunami victims )

Kit
- 1252 days ago - good.is
Akaiwa ignored friends' pleas to wait for a military rescue, instead rummaging up some scuba gear and diving into the dark, cold, debris-filled tsunami. Hundreds of yards of swimming later, Akaiwa found his wife struggling against the 10-foot current-->



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Kit B. (276)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 6:33 pm
People Are Awesome: This Guy Scuba Dived Into the Tsunami to Rescue His Wife and Mother

No doubt many stories of heroism in the face of Japan's recent tsunami will emerge in the upcoming weeksóone is happening in the Fukushima Daiichi plant as I write this, in factóbut the latest is so beautiful and fantastical that it seems primed for a Hollywood movie.

Meet Hideaki Akaiwa, 43. Startled at work by the now infamous earthquake and tsunami that shook and overtook Japan on March 11, Akaiwa rushed to high ground and immediately called his wife of two decades. When she didn't answer, Akaiwa ignored friends' pleas to wait for a military rescue, instead rummaging up some scuba gear and diving into the dark, cold, debris-filled tsunami. Hundreds of yards of swimming later, Akaiwa found his wife struggling against the 10-foot current that had overtaken the couple's Ishinomaki home.

Once he'd gotten his wife to safety, Akaiwa suffered for four days with worry for his elderly mother. When she didn't turn up at any of the official evacuation centers, Akaiwa dove once again into the filthy, neck-high waters and swam to her neighborhood, determined to track her down. After some searching, Akaiwa found her, scared and alone, on the second floor of neighbor's house. "She was very much panicked because she was trapped with all this water around," he told the Los Angeles Times. "I didn't know where she was. It was such a relief to find her."

With his family accounted for, Akaiwa hasn't rested on his laurels. Rather, he's spent the past two weeks heading into Ishinomaki in search of other trapped survivors. Armed with a backpack, a flashlight, a Swiss Army knife, and some water, he rides his bike around the wreckage and makes his own destiny.

By Cord Jefferson for the Daily Good
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 6:37 pm
Akaiwa Is one in a million. A guy to be truly admired by all of us. It's a crying shame that there are not many more people like him. The world would be a much better place with selfless people like him lining its streets.
 

Sue Matheson (70)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 7:04 pm
yes, he is awesome and so are we all. we all rise to the occasion when called on to do so.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 7:08 pm
"we all rise to the occasion when called on to do so." ?
 

Just Carole (338)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 7:50 pm

Thanks so much, Miss Kitty!

After a day of reading the news here, it's reassuring to hear that there are still loving, unselfish people in this world.

 

Kit B. (276)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 8:13 pm

I do think most of us are good people and want to do the best we can for others. What this man [Hideaki Akaiwa] did is above and beyond the level of courage most have. I felt chills reading his story, and I felt a deep sense of admiration.
 

Electra Cy (1005)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 12:05 am

I LOVE stories of heroism!!!! :)

Thanks Kit!
HUGZ ~ Electra :)
 

Caitlin Mac Iver (102)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 8:46 am
I think one of the important aspects of this example of heroism is that he chose not to wait for rescue personnel. We can be so brainwashed that we think only the "trained" people can be effective, when actually we all have brains and can do what we can do. We do not have to be "schooled" to make effective decisions and actions. I love this fellow for believing in himself!
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 12:28 pm
Noted and thanks Kit.
A wonderful story of the decent side of humanity that listens to the heart and not the head .
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 12:30 pm
Noted and thanks Kit.
A wonderful story of the decent side of humanity that listens to the heart and not the head .
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 1:07 pm
Yes they are! (awesome) I've witnessed it, a lot! The most awesome are embarrassed to be caught, being awesome. Thank you.
 

Mike S. (86)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 1:21 pm
Noted and shared. A truly inspiring story. Thank you very much Kit.
 

Jen S. (108)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 1:24 pm
Noted and forwarded. Extraordinary man and inspiring actions.
 

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 1:51 pm
This is so amazing and spirit lifting showing care and concern. Nobel Prize this man of his courage to go out of his way and then some by not giving up hope.
 

Norm C. (74)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 2:07 pm
A human being at work.
 

patti ng (14)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 2:40 pm
Good word, this man truly is awesome!!! We could use more like him.
 

John S. (300)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 4:03 pm
Awesome is the right word.
 

Helle H. (21)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 4:05 pm
What a brave man.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 5:08 pm
Thanks Kit. There should be more reports about people like him.
 

Hartson Doak (33)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 7:21 pm
If you wait for the authorities to do something after a disaster, you may wait forever. I lived on the Island of Kaua'i when Hurricane Iniki devastated it. The next day my neighbors were out with chainsaws clearing the roads of trees and downed power lines. They went around and checked on each other. Ten years before when Hurricane Ewa had destroyed Kauai, they waited and waited for help that did not come. Lesson learned. If you can help, help.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 7:40 pm
Akaiwa is a true hero! He knew time was of the essence and acted without hesitation or regard for his own safety. I'm glad he was able to rescue his loved ones. I hope he's able to rescue many more victims as his quest continues.
 

J. R. (0)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 7:40 pm
Love, dedication and determination! Hats off to Mr. Akaiwa!
 

Sonny Honrado (6)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 11:32 pm
Thanks for the inspiring news










 

Diane Wayne (52)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 12:09 am
While it is admireable when people step up and actually act like human beings, God is the one and only awesome being that ever was and ever will be.
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Colleen L. (2)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 2:03 am
Such a wonderful story. Thanks Kit
 

bj. shaw (61)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 7:52 am
A true hero I bow to you sir with the greatest of respect.
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 8:31 am

Now step up to the occasion and be a hero yourself, please send Socks (and maybe a few baby blankets) to Japan. I have asked many churches for help - no response, they are waiting for on guidance from above. So I am begging all the people to reach out and be a hero. Socks and even baby blankets can be purchased for one dollar each, if the postage is too expensive then send me the bill, I will find a way to be sure your are repaid for your efforts. This is some thing real, something intimate, and something so needed. AID agencies are fine but they are first and foremost bureaucracies - this group is not. So please - help!
 

Debra Van Way (12)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 9:19 am
Now that is what I call a hero. Thanks and noted.
 

John Y. (76)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 10:45 am
Thanks
 

Elizabeth S. (149)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 1:31 pm
Thank you Kit :-) A true hero and a true human at his best. Courage like this is in too short supply. All humans are equipped with it..weather we harness it from ourselves is the question, instead of grasping the much easier instincts that are making the world what it is today.
 

Adam W. (11)
Saturday April 2, 2011, 12:29 am
Taking care of business and looking after his family and others! I hope others read this article and are inspired to do the same instead of waiting for the government to fix things.
 
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