NEW DELHI – The first time American John Allen Chau made it to the remote North Sentinel Island of the…
NEW DELHI – The first time American John Allen Chau made it to the remote North Sentinel Island of the Indian Ocean, he came with gifts containing a football and fish.
He interacted with some of the tribe – who survives by hunting, fishing and collecting wild plants and are known to attack anyone who approaches arrows and arrows – until they get angry and shoot an arrow on him.
A book that Chau brought with him and 26-year-old adventurers and Christian missionaries swam back to a boat of fishermen waiting for a safe distance.
That evening he wrote about his adventures and left his notes with the fishes. He returned to the island the next day, November 1
What happened then is not known, but in the morning the following day the fishes saw from the boat when the tribesmen hit Chau’s body along the beach.
Dependera Pathak, General Director of the Police on India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands, said Wednesday that the seven fishermen were arrested to help US reach North Sentinel Island. Visits to the island are strongly restricted by the Indian government, and officials worked with anthropologists to restore the body.
“It was a case of wrong adventure,” said Pathak.
Chau apparently was shot and killed by arrows, but the cause of death can not be confirmed until his body is recovered, Pathak told The Associated Press.
In an Instagrampost, his family said that it hurt him like a “beloved son, brother, uncle, and best friend to us.” The family also said that it forgave its killer and demanded the release of those who helped him in his quest to reach the island.
“He dared out at his own will and his local contacts need not be persecuted for his own actions,” said the family.
The authorities say that Chau arrived in the area on October 16 and stayed at a hotel while he was ready to travel to the island. It was not his first time in the region: he had visited the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in 2015 and 2016. North Sentinel is part of the Andaman Islands and is located at the crossing of Bengts Bay and Andaman Sea.
With the help of a friend, Chau hired the seven fishermen for $ 325 to take him on a boat, which also dragged the kayak, Chau used to come to the island for the first time, said Pathak.
After the fishermen realized that Chau had been killed, left Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands capital, where they broke the news of Chau’s friend, who in turn announced his family, said Pathak. The police paid the seven fishes to endanger American life by taking him to a ban one area.
One of Chau’s friends said the adversary spent a month at home in Cape Town, South Africa, before going to India.  Casey Prince, 39, declined to discuss what Chau told his forthcoming travel plans and said he would rather talk about what kind of man his friend was.
“If he was at risk, he was very aware of it,” said Prince, reminding of the time Chau told him to be bitten by a rattlesnake.
The two first met about six years ago when Chau was head of the football team at Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma. Chau and others on the team traveled to South Africa to volunteer to participate in a football development and a social leadership program. Prince was founded, the Ubuntu Football Academy.
Prince described him so easily to enjoy, kind, joyful and driven by twins: a love of the external and fervent Christianity.
“He was an explorer in the heart,” Prince said. “He loved creation and was out in it, I think I’d probably found and joined God in that way and deeply. “
Before attending Oral Roberts University, Chau lived in the southwestern Washington state and went to Vancouver Christian High School. s of some of his relatives did not return immediately on Wednesday.
“He was a beloved son, brother, uncle and best friend to us,” wrote the Chau family in his Instagram post. “To others he was a Christian missionary, a wilderness EMT, an international football coach and a rock climber. He loved God, life, helped those who needed it, and he had nothing but love for the sentinel people.”
Survival International, an organization working for tribal people’s rights, said that the death of American should bear indigenous authorities to protect the states of the Sentinel and other spirit cities.
“The British colonial occupation of the Andaman Islands decimated tribes lives there and dries out thousands of tribes, and only a fraction of the original population survives now. So the Sentinel fear of third parties is very understandable,” said Stephen Corry, the head of the group, in a statement.
Shiv Viswanathan, a social scientist and professor at Jindal Global Law School, said North Sentinel Island was a protected area and not open to tourists. “The exact population of the tribe is not known but it is sinking. The government must protect them, “Viswanathan said.
Poachers are known to fish illegally in waters around the island, catch turtles and dive for lobster and sea cucumbers. Tribespeople killed two Indian fishermen in 2006 when their boat broke loose and drove on the beach. 19659002] ___
Story of ASHOK SHARMA, AP
AP author Gene Johnson and Phuong Le in Seattle and Gillian Flaccus in Portland, Oregon, contributed.