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Beach Boy seeks cellist lost in tsunami

Swedish musician was swept out of hotel pool
/ Source: The Associated Press

Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson is asking for help in finding a Swedish cellist swept away in the South Asian tsunami.

Markus Sandlund, 29, of the Stockholm Strings n’ Horns, performed on Wilson’s Grammy-nominated “Smile” album and Wilson’s recent “Smile” tour. Sandlund and his girlfriend, Sophia, went to Thailand after finishing the “Smile” tour in Australia and New Zealand, according to a statement Wednesday on Wilson’s Web site.

The couple, vacationing at the Orchid Beach Resort at Khao Lak, were in the hotel pool when the enormous wave hit. Sophia was swept away and later rescued, but Sandlund has not been found.

“I have been devastated since I heard the news that Markus is missing in Thailand,” said Wilson. The 62-year-old singer-songwriter said he has sent an “agent” to try to find Sandlund but has turned up no trace of him. He asked that anyone with any information contact his Web site.

“My prayers go out to all of the victims and their families and I would ask you to say a prayer for Markus’ safe return,” Wilson added.

Sandlund was one of 22 musicians and a dozen singers Wilson assembled to record “Smile,” a 47-minute rock opera.