WATCH: Miracle: Rescuers in Indonesia Pull Toddler to Safety After Being Trapped for 12 Hours in Buried Car as Search for Parents Continues Amid Devastation of Tsunami

Tearful young boy named Ali was plucked to safety after spending 12 hours trapped in a car hidden underneath fallen trees
Tearful young boy named Ali was plucked to safety after spending 12 hours trapped in a car hidden underneath fallen trees

This is the moment a five-year-old boy is miraculously pulled alive from the rubble more than 12 hours after a tsunami hit Indonesian islands on Saturday evening.

More than 222 people were killed and 800 injured after an infamous volcano, known as the ‘Child of Krakatoa’ erupted and caused a 20ft wave to batter the beaches around the Sunda Strait.

The wave hit between the islands of Java and Sumatra at about 9.30pm local time, destroying 500 houses, nine hotels, 60 food stalls and 350 boats.

A huge search and rescue operation was launched on Sunday morning to find survivors and move the dead.

Among those who survived was a boy named Ali, who police revealed on had been pulled from a car which had become trapped under fallen trees.

A police officer revealed on Instagram how the boy’s cries were heard.

Officers rushed to the scene to remove wood and other island debris from the car, shining a torch into the wreckage to make out little Ali’s face.

Eventually he is pulled alive crying as he clings onto the officer who saved him, as stunned crowds take pictures of Ali and the officer as he emerges muddy and upset but safe.

It is not clear whether anyone else in the car with Ali made it out of the wreckage alive.

Jaw dropping footage of the exact moment the 20ft wave came crashing down on the stage, engulfing the band, emerged on Sunday morning as it was revealed 222 people have died.

Another video recorded in the seconds before the wave hit showed families enjoying a performance by Seventeen before the entire stage is suddenly smashed to pieces.

The band’s lead singer Riefian ‘Ifan’ Fajarsyah told his 300,000 followers in a tearful video he was looking for the rest of the band.

The group later released a statement saying their bass player, guitarist and road manager were found dead, while two other band members and the wife of one of the performers remained missing.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail / AP