Nate survived the tsunami by making his way to a hilltop where he joined dozens of other bewildered survivors. He returns to the hilltop clearing where they waited to be rescued for two days.
Due to the higher elevation, Nate says many people flocked to this spot in hopes of reuniting with loved ones. Sadly, it also became the spot where countless dead bodies were laid out. "It's definitely hard for me to be standing where I am right now," Nate says.