Susumu Sugawara

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BAMF of the Day: When the 2011 Sendai earthquake struck, boat captain Susumu Sugawara found he had no choice but to steer his trusty vessel straight into the heart of the tsunami.

"I knew if I didn't save my boat, my island would be isolated and in trouble," he told CNN. "I talked to my boat and said 'you've been with me for 42 years; if we live or die, we'll be together'."