Lisala Folau, a survivor of the Tonga tsunami, spoke on Friday of being swept to sea from the island of Atata. ‘The scariest part of the ordeal for me was when the waves took me from land into the sea,’ he told Sky News. The 57-year-old was swept away by a tsunami generated by a volcanic eruption on 15 January.
Folau, a retired carpenter with a motion disability, managed to stay afloat for more than a day and make his way across the sea to the main island of Tongatapu. He said his faith in God and his family were the two things that occupied his thoughts while he was helpless at sea