Earlier this week Taufatofua, who grew to become widely known after being his nation’s flagbearer on the Summer time and Winter Olympics, informed CNN that he had “no concept” of his 74-year-old father’s whereabouts following the large eruption of the underwater Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano.

However on Friday, his father walked by the door of Taufatofua’s household dwelling on the primary island of Ha’apai — “solar burnt and drained,” however protected after a “huge journey,” stated the Olympic athlete in an Instagram submit on Friday.

Taufatofua stated his father had boarded a Navy boat within the rapid wake of the tsunami, supporting rescue and first response on the primary island of Ha’apai earlier than departing the boat to “survey and help out” on the outer islands.

After virtually every week working in first response, the 74-year-old obtained a small boat to return him to Ha’apai and his household dwelling — a lot to the “shock” of his household.

“He needed to get straight again to work with the group,” Taufatofua posted on Instagram alongside an image of his father on the couch on Friday.

“The household would not let him and right here he’s protected and sound resting. He’ll want his power to assist Ha’apai in her restoration efforts over the next days, weeks and months.”

"My father, sun burnt and tired after his adventure", Taufatofua's Instagram post read.

Elon Musk assesses assist choices

Taufatofua stated that his father had spoken of the “injury and devastation” in a few of the nation’s outer islands, echoing updates supplied by the Tongan authorities on Tuesday.

In its first official replace since Saturday’s eruption, Tonga’s authorities confirmed the deaths of three folks and several other different accidents.

Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni added that the “volcanic mushroom plume” prolonged to cowl all the nation’s roughly 170 islands — of which 36 are inhabited — impacting your entire inhabitants of greater than 100,000 folks.

Tonga is reportedly set to be with out full web connectivity for a month because of the eruption, main Taufatofua — who has established a GoFundMe fundraising web page to assist these most affected by the tsunami — to ask Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk for help.
Flag bearers Malia Paseka and Pita Taufatofua of Team Tonga lead their team out during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
“Hey @ElonMusk, us Tongans obtained hit by a volcano and a tsunami … adopted by no communication,” Taufatofua tweeted on Wednesday.

“Any likelihood we might borrow your wifi? #starlink”

A division of SpaceX, Starlink makes use of satellites in low orbit to “present high-speed, low-latency broadband web” worldwide, in accordance with their web site.

Responding to the report by Reuters concerning Tonga’s web outage, on Frhyperlinks,y folks from Tonga tell us if it will be important for SpaceX to ship over Starlink terminals?”
Musk at TIME Person of the Year on December 13, 2021.
Earlier on Friday, New Zealand member of parliament Dr. Shane Reti tweeted a picture of a letter addressed to Musk — dated January 17 — asking if he might present “pressing Starlink web communications to public officers and the nice folks of Tonga on this second of want.”
Having been made conscious of Dr. Reti’s tweet by one other consumer, Musk replied that “this can be a onerous factor for us to do proper now.”

“We do not have sufficient satellites with laser hyperlinks and there are already geo sats that serve the Tonga area. That’s the reason I am asking for clear affirmation.”

CNN has reached out to SpaceX for remark.