NZ Police complete identification of volcano victims

NZ Police complete identification of volcano victims
The majority of the victims comes from Australia. Source: BBC
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Daily US Times: New Zealand police named 17 victims of White Island volcano eruption more than a week after the deadly incident. One person who died in an Australian hospital was not named.

The volcano eruption caused 18 lives so far. Victims are aged between 13-53. Most of them are from Australia and the US.

About 20 others still remain in intensive care with severe burns, including 19-year-old Jesse Langford, the only member of his family who is thought to have survived.

Two of those named person are yet to be found. They are considered dead near the island. Poor weather condition forced the police to postpone search operation for them.

Last Monday the White Island volcano eruption happened when 47 people were there.

Police said they are still hoping for the rescue operation for missing two persons. It might be carried out later on Tuesday, subject to the weather conditions.

Phil van Dusschoten, a man from White Island, said ‘It’s an extremely rough coastline around White Island, lots of rocky outcrops, inaccessible areas’.

The victims are:

  • Richard Aaron Elzer, 32, from Australia
  • Barbara Jean Hollander, 49, from the US
  • Berend Lawrence Hollander, 16, from the US
  • Matthew Robert Hollander, 13, from the US
  • Martin Berend Hollander, 48, from Australia
  • Julie Richards, 47, from Australia
  • Jessica Richards, 20, from Australia
  • Krystal Eve Browitt, 21, from Australia
  • Tipene Maangi, 24, from New Zealand
  • Zoe Ella Hosking, 15, from Australia
  • Gavin Brian Dallow, 53, from Australia
  • Karla Michelle Mathews, 32, from Australia
  • Jason David Griffiths, 33, from Australia
  • Kristine Elizabeth Langford, 45, from Australia
  • Anthony James Langford, 51, from Australia

The two people who have been named missing – but are presumed dead – are:

  • Winona Jane Langford, 17, from Australia
  • Hayden Bryan Marshall-Inman, 40, from New Zealand.