Roy Annesley knows he's lucky to be alive

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In December this superhuman story of one man's survival through that December 8 firestorm caught all your attention ...

Every person in the Nambucca Valley who came face-to-face with that dreadful fire say the same thing: "There was no warning, and no way anyone could have prepared for what happened".

Roy Annesley had just clocked off from work and was on his way home along Williams Hill Rd near Gruber's Winery.

The wind had picked up and he knew the fire was getting closer so he decided to head to a mate's place to see what his plans were. He took off in a pair of shorts, a shirt and thongs.

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