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A local broadcast reporter who was caught up in last Friday's earthquake and tsunami in Sendai... captured on camera the dramatic rescue of locals banding together to help those stranded by the rising water. Let's listen in.
A Tohoku Broadcast Corporation reporter was in a taxi driving through the city of Sendai last Friday when the 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck, triggering a massive tsunami across much of northern Japan.
In a documentary video aired on Wednesday, the reporter is seen running from his taxi as he sees the rising tide and chaos on the road.
After running for several minutes looking for higher ground, he and several other passers-by finally find an entrance to a three-story office building just as the waves start gaining momentum.
Finding safety at last from the rapidly rising waters, they look out at the ruined city before them and spot several other survivors, including a man with two children clinging to the rooftops of several cars piled up on top of each other.
Using a fire hose found in the building, they all get together to rescue the helpless strangers.
A woman is the first to be hauled up, shivering as temperatures fall and it begins to snow.
Stopping occasionally as aftershocks shake the city, it takes several people at least an hour to rescue the traumatized woman.
"Thank you, thank you, I thought I was going to die."
One by one, the strangers pull to safety those stranded on top of trees or floating debris as the city sky starts to darken with smoke and nightfall.
Three hour after the tsunami struck, the father and two children were rescued, cold and wet but happy to be alive.
"I am just glad my children were saved."