Police go to island to look into United States man's death

Chau’s diary reveals an obsession with the idea of bringing Christianity to the Sentinelese

Most of what is known about the Sentinelese has been gathered by viewing them from boats moored at a safe distance from the shore.

"While some reports suggest that John Chau was merely an adventurer, his goal in visiting North Sentinel was not for sightseeing".

The Indian government places heavy restrictions on visits to the island to keep people from getting in contact with the Sentinelese tribe, a remote indigenous tribe considered to be one of the last tribal societies untouched by civilization.

Chau, 26, of Vancouver, Wash., chronicled his last days while traveling to the Andaman Islands. "I have no question it was to bring the gospel of Jesus to them", Staver said.

Chau knew the island was a restricted area and his mission there was illegal, according to a friend, John Middleton Ramsey.

"I hollered, 'My name is John, I love you and Jesus loves you, '" Chau wrote, adding that a child shot at him with an arrow that missed and pierced his waterproof Bible.

"You guys might think I'm insane in all this but I think it's worthwhile to declare Jesus to these people", he wrote in a last note to his family on November 16, shortly before he left the safety of the fishing boat to meet the tribesmen on the island. "Please do not be angry at them or at God if I get killed".

Fishermen saw the tribe burying his body on the beach the following day, a fellow missionary wrote in an email to his mother, Lynda Adams-Chau.

Sai also said they had held correspondence with officials last month on the particular issue of the Centre's change in stand, saying "it was necessary to understand what the tribe wants before exposing them to such risks". Asked why, and she replied, "My prayers". Chau's family said in a social media post he was a Christian missionary and mountaineer. To others he was a Christian missionary, a wilderness EMT (emergency medical technician), an worldwide soccer coach and a mountaineer.

Chau, whose friends described him as a fervent Christian, attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

No one is certain how many Sentinelese people live on the island, with estimates ranging from just a handful to as many as hundreds. "Upon observing the physical features from the available photographs, we could find that the Sentinelese were slightly taller and possessed a straight posture than the other three tribes - the Jarawa, the Onge and the Great Andamanese, all of whom live on the Andaman group of islands". Police officer Vijay Singh said Thursday morning that police were exploring their options since they can not go directly to the restricted area and confront the tribespeople.

Indian authorities are struggling to devise a plan to retrieve his body from the island.

A statement issued by the police for the Andaman and Nicobar islands late Wednesday said the police and India's coast guard carried out an aerial survey of Northern Sentinel Island on Tuesday. "We have to see what is possible, taking utmost care of the sensitivity of the group and the legal requirements". "The team consists of coastal guards, officials from tribal welfare department, forest department officers and police officials", Pathak said.

On November 14, Chau was escorted to the island by seven locals of Port Blair, including five fishermen, all of whom have been arrested.

In 2006, members of the tribe killed two poachers who had been illegally fishing in the waters surrounding North Sentinel Island after their boat drifted ashore, according to tribal advocacy nonprofit Survival International.

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