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In pictures: Boxing Day sleep-in saved many lives
 

Nicky Sheehan from Glasgow owns the Sunbeach Hotel, in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka. The tsunami hit the Sunbeach at 9.15am local time on Boxing Day. Nicky had 41 family and friends - including 13 children - who were staying there and at neighbouring hotels.

Ultimately, all 41 survived. Nicky and the survivors have vowed to help the local community, devastated by the disaster, with a private fund.

Here, Nicky describes exactly what happened at the Sunbeach on that fateful day.

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