Siblings stay put despite shake-up
By EMMA CORNFORD
GRAFTON siblings Belinda, Angela and Andrew James plan to continue their holiday in Thailand despite a close call with the tsunami which has killed more than 50,000 across Southern Asia.
Angela James said she and her siblings would instead visit the parts of Thailand which had not been affected.
"At the moment we're just trying to get our stuff back because I've lost virtually everything except my passport, which was actually found floating in the kitchen of the bungalow ... and we're heading to Bangkok to do all of our official stuff," Miss James said via telephone.
Miss James told of the devastation of the tourist areas around Phuket and the difficulties of taking in the extent of the damage.
"We didn't know what to think when we saw it ? we were all just in a state of amazement and weren't really taking in the devastation," she said.
"For the first few hours everyone was walking around in a daze. Now the death toll just keeps growing and the people on the boats said while they were coming over to the island they kept on seeing bodies of snorkelers and divers in the water."
Miss James said she and her siblings were lucky they were staying on the island of Ton Sai, which had hills for safety.