• KATC-TV reported:
Amateur video obtained by APTN shows the devastating effects of the tsunami on the Thai holiday resort of Khao Lak. The pictures show a man on the beach being engulfed by water as the overpowering waves rush towards the shore.
Anukul Charoenkul - who owns the Viewpoint Restaurant - shot the video. He said his restaurant was full of tourists when the tsunami struck at around 1030 local time (0330 GMT) on 26 December.
He explained he had received an early warning of the impending disaster from his brother, who was at a different location along the coast which had already been struck.
Home Video Captures Tsunami Swallowing Person [KATC.com story with still photos]
Watch Video Here
• Donald Sensing's nephew's best friend relays he and his wife's close call with the tsunami...
Report from Ko Phi Phi Island, Thailand
Ko Phi Phi Island is a resort island off the Thai coast. One of my nephew's best friend and his wife were vacationing there when the tsunami hit. Here is their emailed report.
• Survivors of Tsunami Hit Again: This Time With A Crime Wave
The Economic Times reports: "Thieves, rapists, kidnappers and fraudsters are preying on tsunami survivors and families of victims in Asian refugee camps and hospitals and in the home countries of European tourists hit by the wave. Reports and warnings came in from as far apart as Britain, Sweden, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Hong Kong on Monday. Criminals are taking advantage of the chaos to rape survivors in Sri Lanka. In Europe, they are plundering the homes of tourists reported missing."
• From Hero to Handcuffs: Tsunami Rescuer Ends Up In Jail
Thomas David Connell was handcuffed and arrested as soon as he stepped off his plane at the Bisbane International Airport in Queensland, Australia. Australian police say Connell, a 32-year old businessman, has been on the "wanted list" for about two years for assault and burglary charges, and they recognized him when an interview from Thailand hailing Connell as "The Good Samaritan of Patong Beach" was televised in Australia. Connell was in Thailand on December 26 when the tsunami struck the island resort of Phuket, and he is reported to have rescued as many as 20 people. Connell, who has been released on bail until his next court appearance in February, claims the police have mistaken him for someone else. In an interview with Australian news reporters, Connell said, "To be a life saver, saving 20 people, and then come back to my home country and I'm going straight into a bloody jail cell with hoodlums all day...I'm not a bloody hoodlum.''
Tsunami Hero Jailed for Theft in Australia [NY Times, Jan 3. 2005]
[via CrimeProf Blog]