Heroines come in all shapes and sizes but this one has the face of an angel. Eleven-year-old British girl Tilly Smith saved her family and countless others from last year’s tsunami after recognising the signs of the imminent wave.
Having just “done” the subject in school, Tilly knew something was wrong. “I went and told my mum who didn’t believe me at first and then I told my dad who I could see was taking it in and he went and told the security guard,” she said.
Tilly had been learning about the 1946 Hawaian tsunami and knew that the sea sometimes frothed-up just before a giant wave. She saw the sea at Phuket beach was bubbling and screamed at her parents.
Her quick-thinking and persistence have earned Tilly an award from a British charity which raises awareness of maritime activities.
Thanks to Tilly, her family and other holidaymakers had time to leave the beach and seek refuge.