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Father finds son's body on island
Dale Hurren and son James
Dale Hurren (l) flew to Thailand to identify his son James
The father of a 22-year-old man killed in the tsunami which devastated Asia has arrived in the Thai resort of Phi Phi to identify his son's body.

Dale Hurren, of Caister-on-Sea in Norfolk, discovered his son, James, had died in the disaster.

He flew out to Phuket to join James' friend 25-year-old Bin Tyler, also from Norfolk, who had been searching for him since the wave struck.

Mr Hurren had not heard from his son his Christmas Day.

His body had been found lying next to his best friend and Mr Hurren identified him on Thursday morning.

Aftermath of the disaster

Friends of a Norwich man, also missing from the same island resort near Phuket, are continuing to try to track him down.

Jez Stephens, 29, has not been seen since Christmas Day.

He had travelled to the island with his friend Craig Cardwell, who called his family to say he was alive but that he had lost Mr Stephens in the aftermath of the disaster.

Mr Stephens's ex-wife Emma Stephens said Mr Cardwell had spent the past three days searching the area.

"Craig has been looking everywhere. He hasn't slept for three days.

"He is being looked after by local people who have given him clothes, money and food but so far there has been no sign of Jez," she said.

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