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Japanese man takes on tsunami in SCUBA gear and wins

The disaster that has happened in Japan with an earthquake followed by tsunami is going to take many months to clear up, and many years for people there to deal with. The death toll keeps rising and a lot of what we hear is bad news. But within all the sadness are a few triumphs and stories of downright determination.

43-year-old Hideaki Akaiwa is one of those triumphs. When the tsunami struck his home city of Ishinomaki he was at work, but knew his wife of 20 years was at home with no way to escape the raging torrent of water. All the advice said to get safe and stay safe, but Akaiwa knew his wife could not do that and it was up to him to help her.

So while others fled the area, Akaiwa found himself some scuba gear and dived into the water. We’ve all seen the power of the tsunami and its ability to move vehicles as if they were toys and destroy buildings like they were made of paper. But Akaiwa made it back to his home somehow where his house was flooded.

His wife was on the top floor quickly running out of breathing room, so he shared the respirator and got her out and to safety. But Akaiwa wasn’t finished, his mother was also trapped in another house so he went and found her too, saving both the women in his life.

Everyone out in Japan helping to keep the people without homes safe and taking part in the clean up are heroes, but this guy is something else. He continues to dive every day in the hope of finding others who may still be trapped.


Combatant divers test new dive masks:

CAMP SCHWAB, Okinawa — Combatant divers from 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, received hands-on training on recently issued Combat Divers Full Facemask at the dive locker here March 9.

The CDFFM is designed to improve safety and airflow to combatant divers, according to Senior Chief Petty Officer Juan M. Perdomo, the command master diver and dive officer of the unit.

Perdomo taught a class on the new mask. Following the class, the reconnaissance Marines tested the new gear at the Camp Schwab Aquatic Center.

“There are many major advantages the new mask has over the previous mask,” said Perdomo. “If a diver goes unconscious while submerged, he will not drown because air will continue to flow into the mask.”

One of the main features the new mask is underwater voice communication via radio.

The CDFFM also allows divers to conduct maintenance on their own mask as opposed to the previously used masks.

“With the new mask, the dive leader can do necessary maintenance or repairs on the mask,” he said. “Before, if a mask would become damaged or broken, we’d have to send it back to the manufacturer.”


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