GOOD

Heroes: Teacher Saves 42 Students from Tsunami

Once the tsunami warnings sounded, Robert Bailey knew he only had eight minutes to save his student's lives.


Incredibly touching, heroic stories keep emerging from Japan's earthquake and tsunami disaster, and the latest comes from the coastal town of Ofunato. A courageous high school teacher named Robert Bailey saved the lives of his 42 students—and he only had eight minutes to do so.

The 27-year-old British national has lived in Ofunato for four years with his wife, Mai. In a twist of fate that may have saved his life, Bailey wasn't scheduled to be at school last Friday, but went in anyway on his day off to teach a fun cricket lesson. He told Sky News that when the earthquake struck, he and his students "first heard a weird cracking noise, then came the violent shaking."

Keep Reading Show less
Articles

Heroes: Hear the Voice of the Heroic Young Woman Who Saved Thousands of Lives

A young woman on the Miyagi Coast gave her life to save thousands of others.

Yesterday we mentioned the emergency workers in Japan's coastal towns who stayed in their posts warning others of the danger right up until the tsunami hit. A friend saw it and forwarded me this post featuring this heartwrenching video.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWAiyoSflJw

Keep Reading Show less
Articles

Heroes: Japanese Emergency Workers Risk Lives to Warn Others of Coming Tsunami

A few stories of heroism and bravery emerge from the rubble.

There's little doubt that there will be many stories of heroism in the face of this terrible catastrophe. NPR has a lead on one such story, as reported on Twitter by Japanese journalist Chie Matsumoto:

"People received the warning through the city speakers that are set up outside. They heard, 'A big tsunami is coming. You need to evacuate.' Shortly after, they heard, 'Run!'

Keep Reading Show less
Articles