Fishermen and Tsunami

In 2006, two fishermen unknowingly strayed close to North Sentinel Island. Sunder Raj, 48, and Pandit Tiwari, 52, may have been drunk on palm wine when their boat drifted too close to the shore of the Sentinelese’ island.

They were reportedly killed by the tribesmen. When an Indian coastguard chopper went to the area attempting to recover their bodies, the aircraft was met with arrows by the Sentinelese warriors. Sunder and Pandit’s bodies were visible to the crew when the wind from the chopper’s blades blew away the sand away from their shallow graves on the beach.

The Sentinelese determination to remain secluded in their island is so great that even when rescuers went to their island to check for casualties after the 2004 tsunami, their helicopters were met with arrows.

No one knows how they survived the tsunami. Did they move to higher ground? The Sentinelese are not saying.

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