Tsunami Survivor Petra's Hopes for Missing Simon Dashed
March 8, 2005

Supermodel Petra Nemcova survived the killer tsunami in Thailand, and since then, she's been praying that somehow rescuers would find the love of her life, photographer Simon Attlee alive. But there was no miracle -- tragically, Attlees' body was just found.

For the first time since the tragedy, Petra will speak out in an emotional interview with Diane Sawyer on Wednesday's "Primetime Live." Petra, now on crutches, is in her homeland of the Czech Republic, trying to recover physically and emotionally.

Sawyer appeared on "The View" Tuesday morning and revealed she has spoken to Petra since she got the devastating news. Sawyer talked about how the model told her she's coping by going over the love notes Simon had written her. "She said, 'I remember he used to say, "A day without laughter is a day in life wasted,"' and she's trying to remember that."

Simon was swept away by the killer waves in Thailand. Petra's pelvis was shattered, but she survived by hanging on to a tree. The last words she heard from her lover was his anguished cry of, "Petra! Petra!"

We spoke to Jamison Earnest, a close friend of the couple and the designer of a clothing line called Yellow Fever. He has stayed in close contact with Petra throughout the ordeal, and revealed, "She's staying strong. Petra is a wonderful person, and she will get through this."

You can see how Petra is doing for yourself Wednesday night on "Primetime Live."


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