Lincolnshire teacher helps students to safety in Japan

Robert Bailey and his wife Mai talking on Skype to BBC Look North's Phillip Norton.

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A teacher from Lincolnshire has said he will stay in Japan to help other survivors after leading a group of schoolchildren to safety.

Robert Bailey from Heckington was in Ofunato when the earthquake and tsunami hit.

He survived what he described as the "annihilation of his adopted hometown".

His family had serious concerns for his safety over the weekend but he managed to get in touch with them on Monday to say he was safe.

Emergency warning

When the emergency warning came, Robert led the students on to a baseball pitch and then into the tsunami shelter.

He insisted he did what anyone else would do and denied saving the group of youngsters made him a hero.

His mother Ruth said: "We're proud of him but as far as he's concerned, he's no hero. He was just doing the job he was meant to do."

The house in Ofunato that he shared with his wife Mai was left structurally unsafe by the devastation. The couple are now staying inland at her family home.

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