experience for English schoolboys
Fifteen young schoolboy cricketers from England had a narrow escape
from the Tsunami tidal waves as they were caught up in the melee,
while preparing to play against the Galle schools cricket team at
the Galle International Stadium last Sunday.
College was in Sri Lanka from the 10 th of December to play a few
games and had already visited Colombo, Kandy and Dambulla. They
arrived in Galle on Christmas Day and were scheduled to play the
Galle Schools on Sunday (26th) at the Galle Stadium.
schoolboys who were at Koggala Beach Hotel was at the stadium at
8.30 and were going through their usual practices when they noticed
the unusual high tide and people running helter skelter. Not knowing
what was happening they soon ran to the pavilion upstairs. Within
minutes the situation got worse and the entire stadium was flooded
with seven to eight feet of water. With the water level steadily
rising the young schoolboys began screaming and scrambled to a higher
elevation in the pavilion.
to one of the officials they witnessed a number of people getting
drowned and a fleet of boats destroyed. Shocked and dismayed the
schoolboys were in tears as they waited patiently until the water
receded and trekked towards the Galle Ramparts to take shelter in
a hotel at a higher elevation. They witnessed more of the horror
that unfolded on that day from the ramparts before leaving for Colombo
on Monday. The squad called off their tour and left the island on