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									                                        Mummy, we must get off beach ... NOW
                                     Heroine ... Tilly, with mum Penny and dad Colin, saved 100 tourists

                                     From DUNCAN LARCOMBE in Phuket, Thailand
                                     A BRITISH girl aged ten saved 100 tourists from the tsunami —
                                     thanks to a geography lesson.
                                     Tilly Smith, who studied the huge waves in school two weeks before
                                     Christmas, realised a Thai beach was about to be swamped when the
                                     tide shot out.
                                     She and mum Penny, of Oxshott, Surrey, raised the alarm and the
                                     sands were evacuated.


                                                         QUAKE ANGEL
By DUNCAN LARCOMBE


January 1, 2005 -- PHUKET, Thailand - Quick-thinking 10-year-old Tilly Smith is being hailed as a hero
after saving her parents and dozens of fellow vacationers from the deadly tsunami - thanks to a school
geography lesson.
Tilly warned the doubting adults at a resort that a massive tidal wave was about to strike - just minutes
before the deadly tide rushed in and turned the resort into rubble. Tilly's family, from Surrey, England, was
enjoying a day at Maikhao Beach last Sunday when the sea rushed out and began to bubble.
The adults were curious, but Tilly froze in horror.
"Mummy, we must get off the beach now!" she told her mother. "I think there's going to be a tsunami."
The adults didn't understand until Tilly added the magic words: "A tidal wave."
Her warning spread like wildfire. Within seconds, the beach was deserted — and it turned out to be one of
the only places along the shores of Phuket where no one was killed or seriously injured.
Last night, Tilly was being hailed as a savior.
"I think it's phenomenal that Tilly's parents and the others on the beach are alive because she studied hard
at school," said Craig Smith, the American manager of the JW Marriott Hotel where Tilly's family was
staying.
He said a tsunami is not like you see in the movies, where a huge wave wells up on the horizon and can
be seen for miles off shore.
"It is more like a sudden surge of water," he said. "There's very little warning. She's a hero."
Tilly shrugged off the attention and modestly said, "Last term, my geography teacher, Mr. Kearney, taught
us about earthquakes and how they can cause tsunamis.
"I was on the beach, and the water started to go funny.
"I recognized what was happening and had a feeling there was going to be a tsunami."
Her mother, Penny Smith, 43, recalled how their family, including Tilly's father Colin, 46, and 7-year-old
younger sister, Holly, were enjoying a Christmas vacation before tragedy struck.
"When the water went back, I was like most people on the beach. I wanted to walk down and look at what
was going on," she recalled. "It was only when Tilly explained what she thought was going to happen that I
had second thoughts.
"We ran off the beach as fast as we could and went to the first floor of the hotel where it would be safe.
Minutes later the water surged right over the beach and demolished everything in its path.
"It was terrifying to watch but I'm very proud of her."
The Sun newspaper

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                         "I recognised what was happening and had a feeling there was going to be a
                         tsunami. I told mummy" - Tilly Smith

                         British schoolgirl saves lives in Phuket
                         11.43AM, Sat Jan 1 2005


                       A ten-year-old girl has saved her family and 100 other
tourists on a beach in Thailand because she had learnt about Tsunamis at
school.
Ten-year-old Tilly Smith was holidaying with her mother Penny, father Colin and seven-
year-old sister Holly on Maikhao beach in Phuket, Thailand, when the tide suddenly
rushed out.
The water began to bubble and the boats on the horizon started to violently bob up and
down.
Tilly, who had studied tsunamis in a geography class just two weeks earlier, quickly
realised they were in terrible danger.
She told her mother they had to get off the beach immediately and warned there could
be a tsunami, according to a UK newspaper.
She explained she had just completed a school project on the huge waves and said
they were seeing the warning signs that a tsunami was minutes away.
Her parents alerted the other holidaymakers and staff at their hotel, which was quickly
evacuated. The wave crashed a few minutes later, but no one on the beach was killed
or seriously injured.
Tilly, from Oxshott, Surrey, gave the credit to her geography teacher, Andrew Kearney,
at Oxshott's Danes Hill Prep School.
She said: "Last term Mr Kearney taught us about earthquakes and how they can cause
tsunamis.
"I was on the beach and the water started to go funny. There were bubbles and the tide
went out all of a sudden.
"I recognised what was happening and had a feeling there was going to be a tsunami. I
told mummy."
Tilly's mother said she was "very proud" of her daughter, while her headteacher Robin
Parfitt said she had "wisdom beyond her years".
Mr Kearney said he remembered teaching Tilly and her fellow students that after the
sea was sucked backwards, the next five to ten minutes were crucial for people to
survive.
He said her quick-witted actions were typical. He said: "I'm stunned at the news but so
relieved she and her family are safe. Tilly is a very bright level-headed girl.
"Nothing illustrates her character more than her brave actions in a terrifying situation."
Tilly's family have decided to finish their holiday in response to pleas from the Thai
tourist board.



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