First pictures of New Zealand volcano victims as death toll is set to reach 13

Two British people are in hospital after yesterday’s volcano erupted on White Island New Zealand as police say they are opening a criminal investigation.

Five deaths have been confirmed and their bodies were removed from the island by survivors but there are eight people missing feared dead.

The conditions on the volcano are hindering a search operation for them.

It is now believed that there were 47 people on the island at the time and some of those evacuated suffered critical burns after being blasted with ash and scalded with steam.

Helicopter crews landed on White Island despite the danger and helped rescue dozens of survivors, authorities said.

Julie Richards, 47, and daughter Jessica, 20, from Brisbane were on the cruise. Julie’s sister Barbara Whitehead said she is ‘overwhelmed’ and has heard nothing.

Family of four, Anthony, 51, Kristine, Jesse, 19, and Winona Langford, 17, have not been heard from.

Tour guide Tipene Maangi, 23, has not been heard from since yesterday morning and his grandmother was waiting for news. She said that he loved showing tourists around the active volcano.

Fellow tour guide Hayden Marshall-Inman was the first confirmed victim of the disaster.

Karla Mathews, 32, and Richard Elzer, 32, are both listed as missing -their friend Jason Griffiths, 33, is in a critical condition in hospital.

Gavin Dallow, 53, and wife Lisa Hosking, 48, were on the island with their daughter Zoe Hosking, 15, when it erupted.

Full list of the missing

This list is based on Red Cross information and may include people who are in hospital

Alice Caroline Keenan, London
Anne Frances Hewell, Ponty pool
Annie Yongan Lu, Shunde, China
Anthony Langford, North Sydney
Ashley joynes, Grantham
Barbara Hollander, Chicago
Berend Hollander, Chicago
Bob Hare, Akron, Ohio
Cathy Huang, San Francisco
Chan Chi Keung, Hong Kong
Chandrakant Yadav, Amdabahd, India/US citizen
Danielle Tallagsen, Baltimore
Deb Rakos, Darlington
Françoise Laurans
Gavin Brian Dallow, Adelaide
Gavin Dallow, unkown
George Giustino, Rocville Centre
Glenda Abbott, Canada
Guilherme Malheiro Gomes, Portugal
Guyon, L’Isle d’Espagnac
Ivy Kohn Reed, Concord, MA
Jacquelyn Zammit, Australia
Jaime Abrera Jr, Manila
Jane Murray, Sydney
Jason David Griffiths, Coffs Harbour
Jennifer Margarita Cooke, Kolkata
Jeremy Ezra Johnson, California
Jesse Langford, North Sydney
Jessica Richards, Australia
Julie Richards, Australia
Karla Mathews, Coffs Harbour
Karla Michelle Mathews, Troy, New York
Kathleen Swanick, Australia
Kristine Langford, Melbourne
Krystal Browitt, Hampton, Virginia
Lauren Barham Urey, Hampton, Virginia
Leah Helen Wagner, Arlington, Virginia
Li Shun Wa, Hong Kong
Lisa, Adelaide
Majorie Peterson, St Louis
Man Kuen Cheng, China
Martin Hollander, Australia
Matthew Evans, Wales
Matthew Hollander, Chicago
Matthew Ryan Urey, Greenville Pennsylvania
Nicholas London, Unknown
Patricia Jan Lovegrove, New Guinea
Patricia Rose Hare, US
Petrus Kreutz, Holland
Richard Aaron Elzer, Coffs Harbour
Robert Carl French, Idaho
Roger Patrick Cullen, Kolkata
Sarah Jane Hautaniemi, Christchurch
Shane, Newcastle, NSW
Sonia Elizabeth Yadav, Guatemala
Sylvia Rudland-Wood, England
Tina Kwan, unknown

Hours after the disaster, the site was still considered too dangerous for rescuers to search for the missing, but aircraft flew over the island and ‘no signs of life have been seen at any point’, prime minister Jacinda Ardern said.

The missing and injured included New Zealanders and tourists from the US, China, Australia, Britain and Malaysia, she said.

‘My god,’ Michael Schade tweeted as he posted video of the eruption. ‘My family and I had gotten off it 20 minutes before, were waiting at our boat about to leave when we saw it. Boat ride home tending to people our boat rescued was indescribable.’

His video showed a wall of ash and steam around White Island and a helicopter badly damaged and covered in ash. He said one woman was badly injured but seemed ‘strong’ by the end.

The disaster raised questions of why people were allowed to visit the island 30 miles off mainland New Zealand after scientists had noted an increase in volcanic activity in recent weeks. White Island is the tip of an undersea volcano.

Authorities said 47 people were on the island at the time. In addition to the dead and missing, 31 survivors were admitted to hospital and three others were released, officials said. Some of the victims were reported severely burned.

The eruption took place about 2pm on Monday local time and consisted of two explosions in quick succession, Ms Ardern said.

Full list of those confirmed alive after previously being reported missing

Belinda Aboody, Misawaka, IN
Caroline Fitzgerald, Chippenham
Dr James Driscoll, London
Duthiel Lucas, Bordeaux
Eimear Doyle, Wexford
Eloise Kirk, NSW Australia
Erki Kikas, Paide
Georgia Paine, Attadale
Glenda, Spiritwood
Ian David Jorgensen, Penrith
Ivan Lazarus, Manchester
Jatin Sachdeva, Agra
Jonatan Pedersen, Odder
Julie Jorgensen, England
Lynette Matika, Hamilton
Maree Fish, Brisbane
Melita Guy, Brisbane
Michelle Hoare, Waratah
Mohita Sachdeva, New Delhi
Nicole Amato, Maryland
Pang Xuehui Arlene, Singapore
Paul Murtha, Coffs Harbour
Poppy Guy, Melbourne
Rebecca Gurney, Newcastle
Rebecca Louise Polak, Westmead, Sydney
Renee Carroll, Masterton
Rizwan Mukhtar, Bahawalpur
Robert Carl French, Idaho
Shane Burgess, Newcastle Australia

It sent a plume of steam and ash an estimated 12,000ft into the air. One of the boats that returned from the island had half a yard of ash on it.

Some of the visitors were passengers from the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Ovation of the Seas.

‘We will offer all possible assistance to our guests and local authorities. Please keep all those affected in your prayers,’ the cruise line said.

The ship had left Sydney last week and had been scheduled to sail to the New Zealand capital of Wellington on Monday night, but Royal Caribbean said it would instead remain in port on neighbouring North Island until more was known about the situation.

The GeoNet agency, which monitors volcanoes and earthquakes in New Zealand, had raised the alert level on White Island on November 18 from 1 to 2 on a scale where 5 represents a major eruption, noting an increase in sulphur dioxide gas, which originates from magma deep in the volcano.

It also said that volcanic tremors had increased from weak to moderate strength.

Ms Ardern said the focus remained on the search-and-rescue mission for now and questions about whether tourists should be visiting would be addressed later.

Brad Scott, a volcanologist with research group GNS Science, said the alert level on White Island was often raised and then later dropped again without any eruption.

He said there had not been any major problems with tourists visiting the island in the past, although there had been some close calls.

White Island is New Zealand’s most active cone volcano. About 70% of the volcano lies under the sea.

Twelve people were killed on the island in 1914 when it was being mined for sulphur. Part of a crater wall collapsed and a landslide destroyed the miners’ village and the mine itself.

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