Meet Tilly Smith. At age 10, she saved nearly a hundred foreign tourists at Maikhao Beach in Thailand by warning beach goers minutes before the arrival of the tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.
Smith learned about tsunamis in a geography lesson two weeks before the tsunami from her teacher. She recognized the warning signs of receding water from the shoreline and frothing bubbles on the surface of the sea. She alerted her parents, who warned others on the beach near hotel Phuket. The beach was evacuated before the tsunami reached shore. This was one of the few beaches on the island that reported no casualties.
Smith’s family were very humble and declined to be interviewed by commercial and national broadcasters. Later Smith went to United nations meet in November 2005, where she met the U.N. Special Envoy for Tsunami Relief as part of a campaign to highlight the importance of education.