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Tourist killed by bow and arrow on remote island

American reached remote island by canoe

A US tourist with a sense of “misplaced adventure” has been killed trying to enter a remote island in the Indian Ocean. 


Entry to North Sentinel Island, which lies among the Andamans near India, is highly restricted; its inhabitants live in isolation from the modern world and remain hostile to outsiders. 


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Making matters worse, American John Allen Chau had not sought permission to enter the island from authorities. 


According to The Hindu, police said the 27-year-old was killed by bows and arrows. 


Although many reports had stated that the traveller had gone to the island on mission for Christianity, a senior government official said there was no evidence to confirm he had gone to the island to convert its locals to Christianity. 


“You can't call him a missionary or a preacher, all though he has mentioned at many places about God and Jesus, in totality the way he conducted and was a case of misdirected adventure,” Andaman & Nicobar Islands Director General of Police Dependra Pathak told The Hindu. 


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On a tourist visa, Mr Chau was on his fifth visit to Andaman and Nicobar islands. On this visit, he had hired a fishing dinghy to an island near North Sentinel, and travelled the rest of the way in his own canoe.


Police were told of the killing by the US Consulate in Chennai, which had received an email from Mr Chau’s mother. 


“When he handed over the letter (for his mother) to the fishermen who came on November 16 to take him back, he was purportedly injured with an arrow but went back to the island again,” police said.


“On the morning of November 17, they (the fishermen) saw a dead person being buried at the shore, and from the silhouette of the body, clothing and circumstances appeared to be the body of Mr. Chau.” 


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 23 November 2018

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