A six-year-old Taiwanese girl survived the killer tsunami that battered Thailand after landing in a coconut tree that prevented her from being washed away, local TV reports said yesterday.
The girl's family had arrived for a vacation in Phuket from Shanghai, where they are based, a few days ago.
Yeh Chia-ni (
The girl was rescued after being stuck in coconut trees for a day and a night. But her mother was washed away by the surging water and is missing.
"I was hanging up there ... a foreigner climbed up and saved me," she told the TVBS news channel.
The girl was reunited with her father in Phuket after being treated at a hospital for light injuries. She was reportedly calm and cooperative when receiving treatment. She suffered a few bruises and needed six stitches on her forehead.
"I thought my parents didn't want me anymore," the girl said. "I hadn't had breakfast, lunch and dinner for a long, long time."
Yeh Chia-ni will return to Taiwan while her father, Yeh Shih-ping (
"[Chiang] was holding our daughter when the big waves came," the father said. "So she was unable to run very fast."
Yeh Shih-ping said he felt blessed to have been reunited with his daughter, and was praying for a second miracle.
Relatives of missing Taiwanese businesspeople are still searching for their loved ones in the area.