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Good News for One Family, Another Awaits Word in Wake of South Asia Tsunami

By Staff

Buffalo, NY – The family of a 22-year-old University at Buffalo student has received good news. Fredric Constantino, an engineering student studying in Japan, e-mailed his family Tuesday that he is safe.

Constantino was vacationing at a resort island in the Gulf of Thailand. His family had not heard from him since Sunday's deadly earthquake and tidal wave.

University at Buffalo officials told WBFO News late Tuesday morning that Constantino had contacted his family in North Babylon, New York saying he is okay.

Constantino is a senior at UB.

Meanwhile, the family of a South Buffalo native vacationing in Thailand is awaiting word on her whereabouts. Sarah Skelton was believed to be vacationing with friends at a beach in Thailand.

Her mother, Karen Skelton, says they haven't heard from her. Sarah teaches English and drama at a school in South Korea.

The Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross says it has received many inquiries from Buffalo area residents who want to help victims of the tragedy. Spokeswoman Judith Rucki says right now monetary donations are the best way for people to help.

Rucki said donations are being accepted at 1-800-HELPNOW or at the agency's website.

Governor Pataki released a statement Monday saying he supports the Red Cross fundraising effort. He described the devastation and death toll as "truly incomprehensible."