Ex-Mullum TV producer a victim
THE Northern Rivers mourned the loss of one of its own in the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.
Moi Vogel, 32, a Sydneytelevision producer who grew up in Mullumbimby, was killed in Thailand.
Her husband, Christian Nott, 34, a Sydney photographer, also died.
They were on their honeymoon and Moi had phoned her father, who lives near Tenterfield, on Christmas Day to tell him she was three months pregnant.
The couple died in the Khao Lak area, and a foundation has since been set up in their names to help rebuild the region.
The media spotlight also shone on Byron Bay-based Greens MLC Ian Cohen in the days following the tsunami.
Mr Cohen was in Sri Lanka and was feared dead until he phoned Byron Shire mayor Jan Barham 48 hours after the tsunami struck.
Mr Cohen was preparing for a morning surf in the southern coastal town of Hikkaduwa, west of Galle, when he noticed the unusual tidal movements.
He was about to enter the water, but instead sheltered behind a concrete pillar as the tsunami tore apart thetiny hut in which he had been staying.