Parents search for children swept away

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11 2005

Parents search for children swept away

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PHUKET, Thailand -- Anders Ericsson still remembers the last words his 2-year-old son, Ragnar, spoke before being washed away in the waves of Thailand's tsunami.

"Daddy, I'm scared. Please help." Ericsson's voice breaks as he tells of the tragedy.

He is among many anguished parents searching for their children after the earthquake-triggered tsunamis swept through coastal communities from Thailand to East Africa on December 26, killing more than 155,000 people.

Ericsson, visiting from Norway, struggled to maintain his grip on his son when the waves slammed into the resort where his family was staying in Khao Lak.

Debris floated everywhere, and "the water was crazy," he said. "You were up, you were down."

Ragnar was torn from his father's grip.

"Since he was smaller than me, he just drifted away," Ericsson said.

The boy has not been seen since, but his father vows to find him dead or alive.

"That's what I owe him, as his father," he told CNN's "American Morning" on Wednesday.

Ragnar bears a striking resemblance to the 20-month-old Swedish boy, Hannes Bergstrom, who made headlines around the world when he turned up in a Phuket hospital.

"At first, we thought he was our son," Ericsson said. "We went to Phuket and found out otherwise."

Hannes has been reunited since with relatives.


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