BANGKOK: (KRT) Two Melbourne brothers have been reunited after the tsunami smashed into their hotel.
Michael Rametta, 25, and Andrew Rametta, 18, were heading home from Bangkok yesterday, thankful to be alive after each spent a day wondering if the other had survived the massive wave.
Michael Rametta was asleep in his room when he heard people screaming on Sunday morning outside the Patong Beach Hotel in the Thai resort area of Phuket. He looked outside and saw water rushing toward him.
"It was just coming in faster than you could move," he said. "The water smashed through the big glass window in my room and shattered it." The room was quickly submerged in water.
Michael Rametta made it out to higher ground and safety, but spent the rest of the day wondering whether his brother was still alive. Andrew Rametta was visiting another hotel when the waves hit. He was high enough on the second floor to be out of reach.