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UK News Fears for British couple who have vanished since New Zealand volcano disaster as their son, 35, says he has desperately been trying to make contact

16:10  10 december  2019
16:10  10 december  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Seconds before disaster, a camera records hikers inside New Zealand's White Island volcano

  Seconds before disaster, a camera records hikers inside New Zealand's White Island volcano There are fears for the safety of a group of hikers photographed walking near the edge of a White Island's crater just before the New Zealand volcano erupted, killing at least one person.There are fears for the safety of a group of hikers who were photographed walking near the edge of a crater just before a deadly volcanic eruption on New Zealand's White Island.

A New Zealand deputy police commissioner, John Tims, said emergency personnel were still trying to gain The volcano is New Zealand ’s most active. People were allowed to visit the island even after GeoNet He said that even though the volcano has been erupting since 2011, tourists have been

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern said that among the eight people currently missing are tourists ‘ He said he would try to call as soon as he could, but talking and making phone calls was difficult’ 'A disaster waiting to happen': Experts say tourist trips to White Island volcano were 'too dangerous'.

Fears are growing for two Britons reported missing after a volcanic island erupted in New Zealand, leaving at least six dead and dozens wounded or missing.

Karl Rakos, 56, and wife Deborah, 52, from Darlington, have been listed as missing on an unofficial Red Cross website following the disaster, which struck on Monday.

Mark Rakos, 35, says he has been unable to contact his father or stepmother - who were on a cruise around New Zealand - since Sunday, and is worried for their safety.

The UK High Commissioner in New Zealand has confirmed there are two British women among the wounded in hospital, but has not identified them.

New Zealand: Five dead after volcanic island erupts - British tourist among missing

  New Zealand: Five dead after volcanic island erupts - British tourist among missing British nationals are among those missing or injured after a volcanic island in New Zealand erupted, killing at least five people. © Provided by The Scotsman More than 30 others have been hurt and some remain in a critical condition.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed that 47 people travelled to White Island today.READ MORE: Father of girl killed in Dunblane massacre says Boris Johnson 'totally unsuitable' to be PMAs well as the five people who lost their lives, eight are still missing, including at least one UK citizen.

Five people are dead with fears for another eight who did not make it off island. Panicked relatives are desperately trying to reach a mother and daughter feared dead in the New Zealand His grandmother was desperately waiting for news this morning and said he loved his job at the active

The injured include two British women who are in hospital, UK high commissioner Laura Clarke The active volcano , 30 miles off the coast of New Zealand , is a tourist hotspot but has erupted several 'White Island has been a disaster waiting to happen for many years,' said Ray Cas, a professor

Karl Rakos, 56 © Provided by Daily Mail Karl Rakos, 56 a close up of a woman: Deborah Rakos, 52 © Provided by Daily Mail Deborah Rakos, 52

'The last time I spoke to my dad he was in Dunedin, that was a WhatsApp message on Sunday, but I've not heard from him since,' Mark said.

'They've been on the cruise for about a week, it was going around New Zealand then on to Australia.

'They were going to Sydney and then back home on December 18.

'I've been asking my grandmother (if she has heard from the couple) because he's not been in touch and I'm starting to scare myself.

'I'm a bit shaken by this.

'People have said it would take two days for the cruise ship to get up to the volcano area, so that's what I'm hoping for, but I don't know what his plans were.

'I would have thought surely the cruise ship has WiFi. I thought he would have been able to answer by now.'

New Zealand Volcano: Two British Women Injured In Eruption On White Island

  New Zealand Volcano: Two British Women Injured In Eruption On White Island Two British women are in hospital after being injured in the volcanic eruption on White Island, the UK High Commissioner to New Zealand has said. High Commissioner to New Zealand and Samoa Laura Clarke tweeted that her team are offering assistance to the family of two British women hospitalised by the volcanic eruption on White Island. “We are supporting the family of two (GB) women who have been hospitalised in New Zealand,” she tweeted. “MyHigh Commissioner to New Zealand and Samoa Laura Clarke tweeted that her team are offering assistance to the family of two British women hospitalised by the volcanic eruption on White Island.

Five people are confirmed dead with fears for another eight who did not make it off the island Zoe Hosking, 15, is feared dead in the New Zealand volcano disaster . Family confirmed the trio was unaccounted for but there was still some hope they were in hospital and too injured to make contact .

The couple had been considering going on a tour of the island (pictured), but Ms Bayliss said they He later shared a message to his Instagram story assuring family and friends that he and Ms Bayliss 'A disaster waiting to happen': Experts say tourist trips to White Island volcano were 'too dangerous'.

Six people have been confirmed dead in the eruption - five who died shortly after being evacuated on Monday and a sixth who died in hospital late Tuesday.

a large body of water with a mountain in the background: The UK High Commissioner in New Zealand has confirmed that two Britons are among the wounded following an eruption on White Island (pictured), but has not identified them © Provided by Daily Mail The UK High Commissioner in New Zealand has confirmed that two Britons are among the wounded following an eruption on White Island (pictured), but has not identified them a man standing on top of a mountain: Six people have died, eight are missing presumed dead, and thirty are being treated in hospital - some with life-threatening wounds - after the eruption (pictured, survivors try to escape) © Provided by Daily Mail Six people have died, eight are missing presumed dead, and thirty are being treated in hospital - some with life-threatening wounds - after the eruption (pictured, survivors try to escape)

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said at least three of the dead are Australian, while Malaysia has confirmed one of its citizens also died.

Hayden Marshall-Inman, a tour guide from New Zealand, has also been confirmed dead, with family paying tribute online.

Eight more are missing, presumed dead, with police saying they have located what they believe are the remains of six people still on the island.

Two British women among 31 in hospital after New Zealand volcanic eruption

  Two British women among 31 in hospital after New Zealand volcanic eruption Laura Clarke, the UK High Commissioner to New Zealand and Samoa, said the family of the two women was being supported.White Island erupted with a large plume of ash and steam on Monday while dozens of people were exploring New Zealand’s most active volcano.

New Zealand police say there have been 'no signs of life at any point' on White Island after it was No more survivors expected to be found after New Zealand volcano disaster : Police issue warning Mining activity was subsequently banned and the island has been uninhabited now for more than a

" He said he would try to call as soon as he could, but talking and making phone calls was difficult," Barham continued. "His hands were so badly burned it was hard for him to make a phone call." Tourists had been exploring the moon-like surface of White Island, which is the tip of an undersea

However, they have warned that nobody has yet been able to get on to the island due to the risk of toxic gasses and further eruptions, and that recovering the bodies may take some time.

Thirty people are currently being treated in hospital, some with burns on 90 per cent of their bodies, while others suffered inhalation burns to their lungs.

Medics have warned that not all of those in hospital are likely to survive.

Police have confirmed there were 47 people on the island at the time of the eruption, among them: 24 from Australia, nine from the US, five from New Zealand, four from Germany, two from the UK, two from China and one from Malaysia.

News of the victims began emerging as police announced a probe 'into the circumstances of the deaths and injuries' on behalf of the coroner, but backtracked on an earlier announcement of a criminal investigation.

It is not clear why police backtracked on the criminal probe. Experts had earlier warned that tours of White Island, which is the tip of New Zealand's most active cone volcano, was a 'disaster waiting to happen'.

A health and safety investigation has also been launched.

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New Zealand volcano: 13 feared dead and two Britons in hospital after White Island eruption .
Officials said rescue efforts are now too dangerous to undertakeOn Monday, reports of deaths and missing people came in after White Island, which is 48 km (30 miles) from the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, sent plumes of ash and steam thousands of feet into the air.

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