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A cop declared dead in the Boxing Day tsunami has been found alive in a psychiatric hospital 16 years on.
Former police officer Abrip Asep is believed to have had a mental breakdown in the midst of one of the deadliest natural disasters in history.
He has now been reunited with his family and is said to be in good health, according to local media in Indonesia.
Some 230,000 people died when the earthquake and tsunami struck in the Indian Ocean on Boxing Day in 2004.
Mr Asep's family said he was on duty when the tsunami and earthquake hit Indonesia’s westernmost province of Aceh on December 26.
One unnamed relative said they only realised he was still alive recently after photos were shared on a social media family chat group.
They said: "I couldn’t believe it, 17 years of no news and we thought that he passed away, we didn’t know he was still alive."
The local police also confirmed that the man found in the psychiatric hospital was Abrip, reported as missing during the tsunami and later declared dead.
A spokesperson for the Aceh Regional Police said: "Even though he is experiencing mental illness due to the tsunami, his family is very grateful to have found him alive."
It is unclear why his family were not notified he was in the psychiatric hospital.
The Boxing Day tsunami made headlines all over the world, producing some unforgettable stories and photographs.
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Paul and Rob Forkan, who lost their parents in the tragedy, in 2019 told of how they continued to dedicate their lives to helping devastated communities left in its wake.
Despite their loss, it inspired the Forkan brothers to use their lives to make a difference – and set up four children’s homes dedicated to helping young people in need.
Paul says: "As we saw with our parents, you don’t know when your number is up. It’s important to us to live every day doing good."
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The six Forkan children had an unconventional childhood, being treated to exotic holidays every Christmas by parents Kevin and Sandra.
One year they went to India and when they returned, Kevin and Sandra asked if they wanted to go back there travelling.
Paul says: "Rob and I were no good in school so getting told we were going to travel, play cricket on the beach and be homeschooled was incredible."
Kevin and Sandra used their travels to teach the four younger kids, who came with them about the world.
"They’d take us to temples, historical sites and national parks," says Paul.
"We’d go to the slums and help out. We always saw kids a lot worse off which probably helped us when the tsunami happened."
After an idyllic family Christmas night on the Sri Lankan coast, Paul, then aged 15, and 17-year-old Rob had gone to bed when they were woken up as the waves started to flood in.
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