David Monana's story
Meanwhile David Monana, upon hearing the noise from the sea, parked the tractor in its shed and ran along the road towards Nimas looking for his wife who was full term with their third child, and the other children.
Before going far he was met by a fast-flowing surge of water one-and-a-half to two metres high and was swept backwards into the lagoon. By this time it had become completely dark.
Abandoning hope of finding the family he started swimming towards a weak light that he could see in the distance. The light was Father Otton's torch at Olbrum.
David reached Olbrum late that night. His wife survived and their son Emmanuel was born two days later. Sadly one child did not survive the tsunami.