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Mother makes agonising choice

SYDNEY, DEC. 31. Mother of two, Jillian Searle had to choose between her children when she made a life-or-death decision.

Swept up by mountainous tsunami waves at a Thai resort in Phuket, she could not hold on to both her young sons and survive. Fighting to stay above the surging waters, she had to choose which one would have to take his chances in the swirling, debris-strewn torrent.

"I knew I had to let go of one of them and I just thought I'd better let go of the one that's the oldest," Ms. Searle, from Perth, told a television channel.

She was near the hotel pool with her sons Lachie, 5, and two-year-old Blake when the waves struck. "A lady grabbed hold of him for a moment but she had to let him go because she was going under," she said referring to Lachie. "And I was screaming, trying to find him, and we thought he was dead."

Lachie was found alive about two hours later clinging to a door and, though traumatised by his ordeal, looked uninjured.

— Reuters

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