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Tonga’s ‘Aquaman’ survives 27 hours at sea after tsunami

“On the eighth time I thought, the next time I go underwater that’s it, because my arms were the only things that were keeping me above water,” Lisala Folau, who’s disabled and can’t stroll correctly, advised Reuters from Tonga’s capital, Nuku’alofa.

“So the ninth time I went under and came up and grabbed a log. And that’s what kept me going.”

Folau, who lived on the remoted island of Atata, with a inhabitants of about 60 folks, was swept out to sea on Saturday night.

He had climbed a tree to flee a primary wave however when he acquired down, one other large wave swept him out.

“I could hear my son calling from land but I didn’t want to answer my son because I didn’t want him to swim out to find me,” mentioned Folau.

“The waves kept twirling around here and there … What came to mind is, at sea there is life and death. Until you reach the shore, then you know if you are alive or dead.”

Folau mentioned he slowly managed to swim 7.5 kilometers (4.7 miles) to the principle island of Tongatapu, reaching the shore 27 hours afterward Sunday evening.

His heroics have gone viral on social media, with one Facebook submit calling him a “real life Aquaman”, referring to the comedian guide and movie character.

When requested if he knew who Aquaman was, Folau mentioned he did not but.

Reuters was unable to independently confirm the occasions.

Atata, about 8 kilometers (4.9 miles) northwest of Nuku’alofa, or a 30-minute boat experience, has been virtually completely destroyed within the tsunami that hit the islands.



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