Friday, July 19, 2024

The Man Who Has Never Given Up Hope


Yasuo Takamatsu lost his wife Yuoko on March 11th, 2011, in the tsunami that hit Japan in the wake of the Great East Japan earthquake.

Youko was amongst those who perished in the port of Onagawa in Miyagi. The town lost nearly 10% of its population, and the wave destroyed 70% of its buildings.

Youko’s phone, which was found in the clean up, had the last text message she typed for her husband in three simple words:

“So much Tsunami.”

Takamatsu began his search for his missing wife from the location of her phone. He searched on land at first, before deciding he had to venture into the sea where she was taken. To achieve his goal, he learned to dive and spends time searching underwater even 10 years after the event.

Underwater he finds solace and tranquillity on his quest to find his wife, and even after this long, he has never given up hope on finding her.

Check out a video of Yasuo Takamatsu below.

(Image credit: South China Morning Post/Youtube)

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for