‘Child of Year’ props go to U.K. student in Phuket

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A French children’s magazine named as its Child of the Year a British schoolgirl credited with saving about 100 tourists at a Thai beach when the tsunami struck last year. The upcoming issue of Mon Quotidien, which hits newsstands today , features a smiling Tilly Smith on its cover. Smith, now 11, had studied tsunamis in her geography class in Oxshott, a small community just south of London, two weeks before going to Thailand on vacation. On a morning walk on a Phuket island beach on Dec. 26, 2004, Smith recognized the warning signs that a tsunami was coming when she saw “bubbling on the water … and foam sizzling just like in a frying pan.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake She told her parents and alerted staff at the Marriott Hotel, where they were staying. The beach was evacuated minutes before waves struck. The beach was one of the few on Phuket where no one was killed or seriously hurt. Nearly 400 readers of the magazine, which caters to children ages 10 to 14, responded to a year-end survey to elect a child who left the greatest mark on 2005. “If Tilly hadn’t been there, the tsunami would have killed more people,” said one 10-year-old respondent.last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *