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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Queen Meets Family Whose Escape from 2004 Tsunami Prompted Hollywood Blockbuster

Caption: The monarch is greeted by crowds at International Greetings in Ystrad Mynach [PA] 

THE Queen finished her two-day tour of South Wales today by meeting a survivor of the Indian Ocean tsunami, whose story prompted a Hollywood blockbuster.

After being entertained by an a cappella choir, the pair were shown around the college by Tomas Alvarez, a student whose family's escape from the 2004 tsunami was the inspiration for the 2012 film The Impossible, starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts.

Mr Alvarez said: "I became a lifeguard because of what happened to my family in the 2004 tsunami. We were incredibly lucky to survive, especially my mother who had to undergo 14 operations. "If it wasn't for the people who helped us, I don't know if we would have survived.

 So I decided to become a lifeguard to give something back. "Getting to show the Queen around the college was an incredible honour. Click link for full post from EXPRESS.