Petra Nemcova and her photographer boyfriend Simon Atlee were vacationing in Thailand when the tsunamis hit during the morning of December 26, 2004. The tsunamis were caused by an earthquake registering 9.0 on the Richter scale off the coast of Sumatra. Ironically, the event occurred exactly a year after this episode aired.
The couple was swept from the beachfront bungalow, and while Petra was able to grab onto a palm tree, Simon was sucked underwater. Petra spent eight hours under the hot sun when rescuers found her and brought her to an inland hospital. Petra had suffered a shattered pelvis, and there might be pieces of bones stuck to her organs. Simon is still missing.
Currently, at least 150,000 people have died from the earthquake and tsunamis.