Hi everyone! I am cross posting what we put out on Facebook, last night! For now the cove guardians are safe! We will keep you all updated! We are all concerned about nuclear situation, the whole world is! We are working on getting them out of the area!!!
Just hung up with Scott. All of them are safe and together in Tono. They were almost to the hotel which they believed was intact but appeared the area had no electricity.
Tono is about an hour + from the port city of Otsuchi… they spent the night on a hill. The town was destroyed. They walked out this morning, abandoning their cars. It will be months before the roads in the area would let them drive out he felt and obviously no other way to leave but on foot.
At some point some kind people gave them a ride and they were almost to the hotel when they finally got some cell service and calls could be made.
He said they walked over rubble, bodies, a complete devastating mess. I asked if they had been able to help anyone… he said at one point yesterday a woman was in the water screaming for help, they tried to help but she was washed out to sea before anything could be done.
They will assess things at the hotel and eventually make it out of there and head for Osaka but as of now we are grateful they are together and safe and so sad for the people of this region who are suffering things we cannot imagine.
talked to Scott again: he said Ostuchi is gone, that it really doesn’t exist anymore. He said that the gates for blocking tsunami waves were ripped from hinges looking like some medieval gnarled metal gates
bodies surely buried in the rubble they were walking over and in one place some people were cooking rice and miso soup over an open fire and offered them food and in the distance about 8 or so bodies were wrapped in blankets obviously their loved ones
so sad… I have no words… it is just surreal to even imagine… he said it felt like walking thru an apocalyptic movie scene…
After sleeping on a hill last night… walking miles and miles through dead bodies and horrible destruction… my father has called and told us that everyone IS SAFE! They are going to head for Osaka asap! We will have a much bigger update later with all the details! But we can all sleep tonight knowing that they are alive!
Thank you for your prayers, the team really believes it is what kept them alive!
Suzanne West and Elora West
Picture by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society….