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Japan widower dives tsunami waters to bring wife home

Published on Mar 9, 2014 11:52 AM
 

ONAGAWA, Japan (AFP) - Mr Yasuo Takamatsu, 57, grunts with the effort of hoisting a scuba diving tank onto his back, as he prepares to step into the cold waters off Japan's tsunami-ravaged coast to look for the body of his wife, one of thousands still missing three years on.

A swell lifts the wooden boat as he tugs on an over-sized rubber dry-suit that will protect him from the chill when he sinks into the murky, March-grey Pacific Ocean, just days before the anniversary of the disaster.

"She was a gentle and kind person," said Mr Takamatsu. "She would always be next to me, physically and mentally. I miss her, I miss the big part of me that was her."

Mr Takamatsu, a bus driver by trade, was never a natural candidate for learning to scuba dive and was worried he would not be able to do it.

 
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