Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

It Was Just Good Fortune Couple Were Spared

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

It Was Just Good Fortune Couple Were Spared

Article excerpt

IT was 10 years ago. I think on about December 24.

Yes, Christmas Eve.

We were outside in the garden, just tidying up ready for the Christmas onslaught, when the phone rang inside.

I raced in and grabbed it before it rung off.

At the other end was a young chap calling me from a resort in Phuket, or very near Phuket, but right on the beach.

He is now my son-in-law and he was calling to ask if he could take my daughter's hand in marriage.

We were absolutely delighted.

Two days later the resort was hit by the massive tsunami which wreaked such a massive amount of damage to life and limb, let alone to complete communities on both sides of the ocean.

I recall quite vividly waking up on Boxing Day that year to hear the tragic news.

But, I was aware that my daughter and her then fiancA[c] had left the resort on Christmas day and headed up into the hills - I think on an elephant ride. …

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