Monday, December 27, 2004

Honeymoon Tsunami

Marriage is going to be a piece of cake for William and Amanda Robins. I'm sure they expected the earth to move during their honeymoon, but in their case it was just the ocean. If they could survive this honeymoon, it will be all downhill from here on in:

The newlyweds were honeymooning on Phi Phi island -- made famous by the film "The Beach" starring Leonardo DiCaprio -- when a giant tsunami wave slammed into it Sunday.

The couple were strolling near the beach Sunday when they heard people screaming and saw tourists jumping off boats. "We thought it was a terrorist bomb, so we jumped over a hotel fence and hid in a storage room," Robins said. "We held hands and crouched in the corner. Then we heard a rumbling explosion that didn't end."

Moments later, their hiding place collapsed around them, Amanda said. "We were pushed through two layers of concrete and forced to let go of each other's hands," said the 27-year-old teacher. They were pulled underwater and swept 150 yards out to sea. "There were broken pieces of wood and bits of metal everywhere. It smelled of gasoline," Robins said.

Suddenly, they saw a hotel employee in a boat searching for lost family members. "We were screaming. We said if we don't get on this boat, we're dead," Robins said. The man tossed them a line and pulled them into the boat. By nightfall, they were in hospital on Phuket.

"We both came within 0.1 seconds of not seeing each other. There are going to be changes in our life from now on. We're going to take a lot of the bulls--- out," Robins said.