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8:08am 13th November 2013
(Updated 8:08am 13th November 2013)

A Penzance dad, missing after the superstorm battered the Philippines, has called home and said: "Mother, we're all safe."

Nigel Thomas, his wife and four children had not been in touch since the typhoon devastated whole towns.

An online campaign was started to try to find the sixty year old, with messages being shared on Facebook pages around the world.

Mr Thomas emailed his brother in the UK a week ago to say that he was busy attempting to secure his home from the looming superstorm.

Mum Jeanne told Pirate FM: "I know he's caught in the midst of it. You can't get away from that.

"Your heart beats very fast. You just can't take it all in. It doesn't seem real."

The former RSPCA inspector called home earlier this morning, after climbing halfway up a mountain to get the signal he needed to make the call.

After a sleepless night Jeanne burst into tears when she took the call, at first not believing it was really him.

Jeanne said she had been trying to keep busy around the house to take her mind off the wait for news from the devastated country, where Nigel moved ten years ago: "I'm polishing, doing anything to keep me busy. I have a lot of telephone calls - and my other son has been down. I just keep busy and try to think positive.

"He's a strong boy - and he's a lovely boy.

"He loves the land and he loves living out there. He's mad on books reading and writing. He cherishes everything like that and always wants to learn."

Nigel last spoke to Jeanne on Tuesday morning to check that she was OK after a trip to London.

He told his family his house was more strongly constructed than many in the country.

The former RSPCA inspector lives around twenty miles from Tacloban, which has seen some of the worst scenes of devastation.

8:08am 13th November 2013

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