Mr Chau made multiple unsolicited trips to the community over the past three years as he formulated a deluded plan to "establish the kingdom of Jesus" on the island.
Stephen Corry, director of Survival International, which campaigns on behalf of indigenous people, said people like the Sentinelese were put in danger by anyone who visits them from the outside world. While scholars believe North Sentinelese islanders probably migrated from Africa roughly 50,000 years ago, nearly nothing is known about their lives today, from what language they speak to how many survive.
Subsequently, they returned to Port Blair and narrated the incident to Alexander and handed him the 13 pages of the journal written by Chau. Just more than a dozen people are officially thought to live on the remote island in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago. Chau had paid a sum of Rs 25,000 to the fishermen who ferried him to the obscure island. On November 20, a team of Andaman and Nicobar police along with the Indian Coast Guard attempted an aerial survey to carry out recce of the North Sentinel island.
"We forgive those reportedly responsible for his death", the family said.
"We are aware of reports concerning a United States citizen in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands", a consulate spokeswoman said in an email, but declined to provide further details.
But kayaking to a remote Indian island, home to a tribe known for attacking outsiders with bows and arrows, proved an adventure too far for the avid outdoorsman and Christian missionary.
"Please do not be angry at them or at God if I get killed", he pleaded.
That being said, on the rare occasions that they come into contact with the world as we know it, it tends to be worthy of remark.
Tribe members hurl spears at a helicopter as authorities fly over North Sentinel Island to assess damage after the 2004 tsunami. In a major step earlier this year, the government excluded this island and 28 others in the Union Territory from the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) regime till December 31, 2022.
Seven people - including the fishermen, a tourist guide, and one of Chau's friends - have been arrested for helping Chau, police said. From there, police said, he boarded a kayak and paddled to shore, bearing gifts of a football and fish.
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Pathak said the American missionary had asked one of his local friends, an electronic engineer, to arrange a boat and find some fishermen who could take him to the island.
A SWASHBUCKLING American preacher outlined his freaky plan to convert the world's most isolated tribe to Christianity in a series of handwritten notes made public by his family.
Raised in Vancouver, Washington, Chau was first drawn to the outdoors after discovering a copy of "Robinson Crusoe" while in elementary school, he said in an article several years ago in The Outbound Collective, a website and app that helps people discover the outdoors. "I have no question it was to bring the gospel of Jesus to them", Staver said. But he was always drawn to North Sentinel Island off the coast of India, and the people there.
Mr Chau's social media posts identify him as an adventurer and explorer who got his "inspiration for life from Jesus".
Mr Chau was breaking the law by approaching the island - where it is believed he wanted to preach. Till recently, the North Sentinel Island was out of bounds for visitors.
The seven arrested have been sent to judicial custody for the time being and likely to be taken to police custody later.
"They started on 14 November around 8 pm for the North Sentinel Island and reached there by midnight".
The family also called for the release of those who assisted him in his quest to reach the island.
The commission said it had advised the government to be "ultra-sensitive to the vulnerability of the Particularly Vulnerable Tribes Groups (PVTGs) of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands".
Chau's riveting journal of his last days, shared with The Post by his mother, shows a treacherous journey by dark in a small fishing boat to the area where the small tribe lived in huts.