FIRST HAND STORY: Kevin interviews people in Thailandhttp://www.kevinsites.net/
Kevin is in Thailand right now - adding updates to his weblog. Here is an excerpt from someone he interviewed:
When Andy Lee and Samson Hoi walked down the dock on Phi Phi Island -- they thought they had arrived in paradise. But the two 26-years-olds from Los Angeles -- had no idea that in just moments they would be swept away by a wall of water created by the largest earthquake in 40 years.As they headed down the well-worn dirt alleyway toward their hotel -- Lee noticed something strange.
"I looked behind me and there was a rush of water," he says, "but only about a foot high. Within seconds it was up to our waists."That stream became a rushing river -- pinning Choi against a house before sweeping him out to sea. Lee was already in deep water and struggling for his life.
"I was terrified, I was in shock," he says, his eyes beginning to well up with the memory. " I couldn't believe that this was the way I was going to die."He thrashed against the swirling ocean, struggling for breath. He went under once, twice -- a third time and just when he felt he could hold out any longer, he pushed to the surface again.
"I was able to get a half or maybe just a quarter breath of air, but it was enough."Lee grabbed a buoy nearby and held on tight. When he saw an overturned kayak he swam to it and clung on until someone on a nearby boat saw him and pulled him aboard. Choi had already been rescued.