Tongan man swept away by tsunami survived after 26 hours afloat

  • In this photo released by the New Zealand High Commission, Peter Lund, center, New Zealand’s acting high commissioner to Tonga, stands with military personnel at a wharf in Nuku'alofa, Tonga Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, after a New Zealand ship, seen in the background, arrived with water and other much-needed aid supplies. (New Zealand High Commission via AP)

  • This photo provided by Broadcom Broadcasting shows Lisala Folau in Tonga. The incredible story of Folau, a retired carpenter who survived overnight in the ocean after the Tonga tsunami swept him out to sea, appeared to fit with events at the time, a New Zealand diplomat said Friday. (Marian Kupu/Broadcom Broadcasting via AP)

Lisala Folau had been at sea for about 12 hours, drifting among the islands of Tonga overnight after a tsunami hit his home, when he saw a police patrol boat.