New Zealand volcano: What we know about those affected

new-zealand-volcano:-what-we-know-about-those-affected

Floral tributes lie at the gates of the port where the cruise ship Ovation of the Seas is berthed, in Tauranga, New Zealand, 10 December, 2019.

Image copyright
EPA

Image caption

People have laid tributes for those affected

The volcanic eruption in New Zealand on Monday has left some families grieving loved ones – and others desperately awaiting information.

Forty-seven people were on the privately-owned White Island, or Whakaari, volcano when it erupted on Monday.

Officials have confirmed six fatalities with eight people still missing – feared to be dead. More than 30 people have been injured, with many reported to have suffered severe burns.

Of the 47 visitors, 24 were from Australia, nine from the US, five from New Zealand, four from Germany, two from China, two from the UK, and one person from Malaysia.

No names have been publicly-released by the authorities. This information has come from relatives and friends or media reports, and is subject to change.

Hayden Marshall-Inman, New Zealand tour guide – dead

Image copyright
Hayden Marshall-Inman/Facebook

Local tour guide Hayden Marshall-Inman was the first person named as having died.

His brother confirmed his death on Facebook, writing: “Friends and family, very sad news this evening. My bro Hayden Marshall-Inman has past [sic] away doing the one thing he loved. Thanks for all your messages. I’ll be in touch when we know more.”

The post was accompanied by a picture of the family dressed in animal outfits.

His brother, who did not want to be named, told local media that Hayden had been doing tours for the past 15 years and knew the risks.

“It is what it is, he died doing what he loved,” he said.

Julie and Jessica Richards, Australian mother and daughter – dead

Image copyright
Facebook

Mother and daughter Julie and Jessica Richards, aged 47 and 20, have also died.

Jessica Richards had been studying veterinary science at the University of Queensland and shared with her mother a love of the outdoors, said family spokesman John Mickel.

He told reporters on Wednesday that relatives were “united in grief”.

“For this family, [the festive season] will be one of deep poignancy,” he said. “You live in hope that it’s not going to be your loved one’s name that comes up. The hope was snuffed out this morning.”

Australian family: Gavin Dallow – dead; Zoe Hosking – missing; Lisa Hosking – injured

Engineer Lisa Hosking is in hospital with severe burns but her daughter, 15-year-old Zoe, remains missing on White Island and is presumed dead, according to a family statement.

The body of Ms Hosking’s partner, 53-year-old Gavin Dallow, has been recovered.

The family from Adelaide were on a two-week cruise and it is believed they were on a day trip when the volcano erupted.

“We mourn the loss of Gavin and Zoe,” the statement says. “Gavin was a wonderful son and brother‚Ķ he was a generous man, always helping his family and his community.

“Our hearts break at the loss of Zoe at such a young age. We know her loss will also devastate her school community and the local Girl Guides, of which she was an active member.”

Tipene Maangi, New Zealand tour guide – missing

Image copyright
Tipene Maangi/Facebook

Tour guide Tipene Maangi had apparently only been working for White Island Tours for a few months before the eruption. A relative said he was not supposed to work on Monday.

Loved ones described the 23-year-old, known as Tip, as “the entertainer” and “confident and outspoken”.

A vigil was held in his honour on Tuesday, with relatives calling for his safe return home.

In a message on Facebook, his cousin said: “You’ve got more than enough attention, it’s time to make an entrance, it’s time to come out singing your heart out.”

Anthony, Kristine, Jesse and Winona Langford, Australian family – missing

Image copyright
Anthony Langford / Facebook

Image caption

Kristine and Anthony Langford are among those missing

Anthony Langford, 51, his wife Kristine‚Äč, and their two teenage children Jesse, 19, and Winona, 17, were reported as missing.

Anthony’s brother told Australia’s Seven News that the family, from Sydney, were on a cruise to the island at the time of the eruption.

But according to Australian media, Jesse has been found alive – although his family remain unaccounted for.

Lauren and Matt Urey, US newlyweds – injured

US newlyweds Lauren and Matt Urey were on their honeymoon. Lauren’s mother, Barbara Barham, told the Washington Post the couple from Virginia had plans to visit a live volcano and were not concerned about possible eruptions.

Matt, 36, left his mother a voicemail message saying they had been “burned very bad”.

“He said he would try to call as soon as he could, but talking and making phone calls was difficult,” Ms Barham said of the message that Matt’s mother relayed to her.

“His hands were so badly burned it was hard for him to make a phone call.”

Image copyright
Facebook

Matt’s mother, Janet, revealed he underwent three hours of surgery but was now able to talk, take in fluids and eat jelly. However, Lauren, 32, who is in a different hospital, was still sedated on Tuesday.

She revealed the couple, who were wearing respirators at the time of the explosion, had taken shelter “behind a large rock”.

“Ten minutes… could have meant life or death for them, but luckily they were already down the volcano close to the water, so they sheltered themselves a little bit,” she told local news channel 21WFMJ.

Jason Griffiths, Australian tourist – injured

Jason Griffiths, 33, suffered serious burns in the eruption, his family says.

His brother-in-law, Steve Jarzynski, told news site Stuff that Jason was in hospital in a critical condition.

“He’s hurt pretty bad,” he said.

Jason had been talking about the cruise since last year. Steve said he “loved travelling. He loved seeing the world”.

Karla Mathews and Richard Elzer, Australian tourists – missing

Image copyright
Rick Elzer/Facebook

Australian couple Karla Mathews and Richard Elzer, both 32, were said to be travelling with Jason Griffiths and one other friend when the volcano erupted.

Jason’s brother-in-law, Steve Jarzynski, said the pair were still missing.

Jake Milbank, New Zealand guide celebrating birthday – injured

Image copyright
Jake Milbank/Facebook

New Zealand tour guide Jake Milbank was working on the island on his birthday on Monday when the volcano erupted, according to the New Zealand Herald.

He is now in hospital with burns to 80% of his body and his family by his side, the paper says. A fundraising page to help with his “long journey to recovery” has been set up by a family friend.

In September his high school posted on Facebook about a trip to the island and paid tribute to its ex-student, described as an “awesome tour guide”.

Nick and Marion London, Australian couple – injured

The couple from the Sydney suburb of Engadine were initially reported missing but later discovered in hospital, according to Australian media reports.

Marion, 56, is said to be in a critical condition, while Nick has severe hand injuries.

Martin, Barbara, Matthew and Berend Hollander, Australian family – missing

Martin and Barbara Hollander and their sons Matthew and Berend are missing, the boys’ Sydney high school has confirmed.

Knox Grammar School headmaster Scott James urged people to give “thoughts and prayers” for the family, describing both boys as popular students.

Media playback is unsupported on your device

Media captionThe moment after eruption hit NZ tourist site

Read More
BBC

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!