Australian Family Reunited After Escaping Blaze
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Five Australian children are reunited with their parents on Saturday after their grandparents helped them dramatically escape from blazing bush fires by clinging to a wooden jetty for three hours. (Jan. 9)

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SHOTLIST:AUBC CURRENT AFFAIRS SHOW "730" - NO ACCESS AUSTRALIA / MANDATORY CREDIT/AP CLIENTS ONLYHobart, Tasmania - 5 January 20131. Various of children and family reunited with their father, who was away when the fires struck. Dunalley, Tasmania - 4 January 20132. Wide pull out from billowing smoke and closed road due to dangerous fire conditions, police and residents looking on ++MUTE++Dunalley, Tasmania - 4 January 2013 3. Wide pan of hillside burning 4. Wide pull out from billowing smoke and closed road due to dangerous fire conditions, police and residents looking on ++MUTE++5.SOUNDBITE (English) Bonnie Walker, Mother: "We just waited by the phone and received a message at three thirty to say that mum and dad had evacuated, that they were surrounded by fire, and could we pray. So I braced myself to lose my children and my parents."Dunalley, Tasmania - 4 January 20136. STILL of jetty enveloped in smoke7. SOUNDBITE (English) Tim Holmes, Father of Bonnie Walker: +++++ soundbite overlaid by video of jetty that the family clinged to++++++"We saw tornadoes of fire just coming across towards us, and the next thing we knew everything was on fire, everywhere, all around us.We were relying on the jetty really. And the difficulty was, there was so much smoke and ember and there was only about probably two to three hundred millimetres of air above the water.Dunalley, Tasmania - 4 January, 20138. STILL of children about to jump of jetty 9.SOUNDBITE (English) Bonnie Walker, Mother: ++OVERLAID WITH STILLS FROM SHOT 14 - STILL OF BONNIE WALKER'S FIVE CHILDREN AND THEIR GRANDMOTHER IMMERSED IN SEA WATER TO THEIR CHINS AS THEY SHELTER BY THE JETTY TO ESCAPE FIRE++ "A few minutes later, an image arrived which was really, it's still quite upsetting to see the image. It's of all of my, our, five children underneath the jetty huddled up to neck deep sea water, which is cold, we'd swam the day before and it was cold. Dunalley, Tasmania - 5 January 201310. Mid of Tim Holmes in a boat (after the incident) ++MUTE++11. Mid of children talking12. Wide of water and jetty where Tim Holmes, father of Bonnie Walker, clung to life with his wife and grandchildren under a jetty during savage wildfires VOICE OVER SCRIPT:((FIVE AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN ARE REUNITED WITH THEIR PARENTS AFTER A DRAMATIC ESCAPE FROM BLAZING BUSH FIRES IN TASMANIA. MOTHER BONNIE WALKER FEARED THE WORST WHEN SHE WAS CUT OFF FROM HER CHILDREN WHO WERE STAYING WITH THEIR GRANDPARENTS ON THE FIRE-RAVAGED ISLAND.SOUNDBITE (English) Bonnie Walker, Mother: "We just waited by the phone and received a message at three thirty to say that mum and dad had evacuated, that they were surrounded by fire, and could we pray." "So I braced myself to lose my children and my parents."BY CLINGING TO A WOODEN JETTY FOR HOURS, THE FAMILY WAS FORCED TO USE THE SEA AS SHELTER.SOUNDBITE (English) Tim Holmes, Father of Bonnie Walker: "We saw tornadoes of fire just coming across towards us, and the next thing we knew everything was on fire, everywhere, all around us. We were relying on the jetty really. And the difficulty was, there was so much smoke and ember and there was only about probably two to three hundred millimetres of air above the water. So we were all just heads, water up to our chins, just trying to breathe because it was just, the atmosphere was so incredibly toxic."LATER, WALKER SAW THE CHILLING IMAGE SHOWING HER FAMILY TRYING TO SURVIVE IN THE COLD SEA WATER. SOUNDBITE (English) Bonnie Walker, Mother: "A few minutes later, an image arrived which was really, it's still quite upsetting to see the image. It's of all of my, our, five children underneath the jetty huddled up to neck deep sea water, which is cold, we'd swam the day before and it was cold. So I knew that that would be a challenge, to keep three non-swimmers above water. And with only my mum and dad and our eldest daughter."TIM HOLMES MIRACULOUSLY GOT HOLD OF A DINGHY FLOATING NEARBY AND WAS ABLE TO GET HIS GRANDCHILDREN TO SAFETY.FIRES HAVE RIPPED THROUGH TASMANIA SINCE LAST WEEK DESTROYING AT LEAST 100 BUILDINGS.___________ASSOCIATED PRESS.)) (****END****)