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Last Updated: Friday, 7 January, 2005, 20:16 GMT
Diplomat is victim of Asian quake
John Hoy and wife Nim were on holiday with their children
The family were on holiday in Khao Lak, Thailand
A couple from Shropshire are mourning the loss of their son and three grandchildren who died in the tsunami when it hit Thailand.

John Hoy, a 46-year-old diplomat, was on holiday with his wife and children in the Thai beach resort of Khao Lak, near Phuket, when they were swept away.

Mr Hoy's 40-year-old wife, Nim, survived, but was swept several hundred yards inland by the force of the water.

He was on holiday with his twin sister and her family who survived.

Second wave

Mr Hoy and his 12-year-old son, Robert, are still missing. The bodies of the other children, Kate, aged seven, and David, aged nine, have been found.

The former Shropshire man's mother, Barbara Hoy, told BBC Midlands Today: "When the wave came, they were all swept out and then she (Nim) somehow got back and got onto a roof.

"Then a second wave came and swept her further back.

"It's just devastating to lose your husband and three children at a stroke. I just can't take it in really.

'Marvellous' town

"I find it very difficult to think of the future because you look to the future with your grandchildren but I'm sure somehow we'll get through it."

Her husband, Ted, has gone to Thailand to help to identify the bodies.

Mrs Hoy also paid tribute to the fundraising efforts of people trying to help the victims of the disaster, and those in Ellesmere in particular.

She added: "It's a little town but they have given so much. It really is marvellous.

"That's the way to help. They are going to need support in that area, all over the Indian Ocean."


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