26 Dec '11, 2am

Seven years on, Singaporean diver remembers how he was 17m below the surface when the tsunami struck

Seven years on, Singaporean diver remembers how he was 17m below the surface when the tsunami struck

PHOTO: Courtesy of Mr Mervyn Yap Each Boxing Day, Singaporean Mervyn Yap is reminded of the greatest gift of all – life. It could have ended badly seven years ago, as it did for the more than 230,000 people who were killed by the tsunami that hit countries around the Indian Ocean, from South-East Asia to East Africa. You see, Mr Yap, 41, a scuba diving operator, was 17m below the surface off a Thai island when the giant wave rolled in on Dec 26, 2004. When the first wave struck – the result of an underwater earthquake off the coast of Sumatra – just after 9am, he was diving off Koh Rok. Said Mr Yap, who had led a group of snorkellers and divers on the expedition to reefs about half an hour from Koh Rok: "We all knew something wasn't right. The undersea current was suddenly very strong and had sucked us towards the reef and later pushed us back to sea." More in The New Pape...

Full article: http://www.tnp.sg/content/seven-years-singaporean-diver-r...

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