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.