On this day ten years ago, it all came catastrophically crashing down for supermodel Petra Nemcova and her photographer fiance Simon Atlee.
Per an inspiring piece by Philip Sherwell, New York-based Americas correspondent for The Daily Telegraph, Nemcova on December 26, 2004 had just caught a glimpse at her Thailand resort of the family whose story would be made into the 2012 film The Impossible, when the tsunami hit. Across the span of a few terrifying seconds, she would see Atlee for the final time, cling desperately to the roof of her resort bungalow and meet, or so she thought, her maker:
The sea swept back out and then rushed ashore in a second colossal wave, dragging Nemcova underwater again. “This time, I couldn’t get back above the surface to breathe, there was so much debris above me. I started swallowing this toxic water and I thought, ‘This is it.’