Boy survives at sea on mattress
A five-year-old Indonesian boy spent two days floating at sea on a mattress to survive the tsunami that killed thousands of people from his town, and was reunited with his family yesterday.
"Mother, mother, mother," he cried as he was rushed to his parents, older brother and younger sister at a refugee camp in Meulaboh, his home town in Aceh, that was one of the hardest hit in Sunday's disaster.
The boy, Wira, said he was playing with his brother and two-year-old sister near his home when the waters rushed through. He held on to various floating pieces of wood while being swept away.
"I was not afraid because I am used to the sea. As I was still holding on to a door, the mattress came by so I decided to climb on it. I was not afraid, but I was cold."
What a brave 5 year-old..