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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 December, 2004, 18:48 GMT
Couple's family in anxious wait
Alex and Natalie McLeish
Mr and Mrs McLeish were married in May 2004
A Lincolnshire mother is going through an "unimaginable" ordeal as she waits for news of her honeymooning daughter who is missing in Thailand.

Natalie and Andrew McLeish were married in May but had waited until Christmas to take their dream holiday.

The couple, from Sheffield, were at a resort on the island of Phi Phi when the devastating tsunami struck.

Sandra Bell, 62, from Legbourne, said her daughter phoned on Christmas Day but has not been in touch since.

Attempted calls

Mr McLeish's brother Stuart and his wife Lucy were flying out to Thailand to search for the couple on Wednesday night.

Mrs Bell said: "We spoke to them on Christmas Day and they said they were having a wonderful time, thoroughly enjoying it.

"They had been on a boat trip a couple of days before and were just having a really good time. It was a dream holiday for them.

"They've got mobiles, we've tried to phone and left messages but we've heard nothing.

"It's absolutely awful not knowing where they are and what's happened.

"Every time the phone rings we just jump. It's unimaginable."

Andrew, 31 and Natalie, 28, flew out to Thailand on 20 December and are due back on 4 January.

So far, 26 Britons have been confirmed dead after the Indian Ocean tsunami.

The Red Cross has said the number of dead from the disaster is likely to rise above 100,000.


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