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World Survivors of the New Zealand volcano went back to rescue others

16:17  12 december  2019
16:17  12 december  2019 Source:   cnn.com

One dead in New Zealand volcano eruption, more fatalities likely

  One dead in New Zealand volcano eruption, more fatalities likely At least one person was left in a critical condition when New Zealand's White Island volcano erupted suddenly on Monday, leaving authorities scrambling to treat the injured and find those unaccounted for. "Of those transported to shore, at least one has been critically injured."New Zealand police said at least one person was killed and more fatalities were likely, after an island volcano popular with tourists erupted Monday, leaving dozens stranded.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a press conference on Tuesday that she shared The survivors of the eruption were taken off the uninhabited island by boat or by helicopter. Others - too sick for this small town facility - have been sent to specialist burns departments across the country.

New Zealand has four specialist burns units, all of which are now full in the wake of the White Island disaster. "It's absolutely soul-crushing," Janet "It's my worst nightmare. But on the other hand I'm trying to focus on the positive." "I was lucky enough to be notified by Matt that's he was okay," she said.

Geoff Hopkins says he will never forget the cries as the survivors of the White Island volcano eruption were pulled aboard the boat.

a person that is standing in the snow: Geoff Hopkins had been on a day trip to the island with his daughter before disaster struck.© Courtesy Geoff Hopkins Geoff Hopkins had been on a day trip to the island with his daughter before disaster struck.

Screaming in pain, with skin peeling from their faces and limbs scorched by steam and ash, the survivors were transferred from a dinghy bobbing in the water off the small island.

There was "lots of screaming. Panicked screaming," he says, recalling the injured shouting: "'Get me out of here. I'm burning. I'm burning.'"

The tour boat Hopkins was on had left White Island, off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand, shortly before the volcano erupted on Monday. Forty-seven people were on the island at the time of the blast. Eight people have so far been confirmed dead.

White Island volcano: Rescuer tells of 'Chernobyl'-like scene

  White Island volcano: Rescuer tells of 'Chernobyl'-like scene White Island volcano: Rescuer tells of 'Chernobyl'-like scene

The White Island volcano in New Zealand during its eruption on Monday. At least six people were killed.Credit WHAKATANE, New Zealand — Above the noise of the boat engine, there was quiet That Mr. Hopkins, his daughter and dozens of others were allowed to go near the island — let alone

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed that many people remain unaccounted for after a volcano erupted on an island off the coast. "Police believe that anyone who could have been taken from the island alive was rescued at the time of the evacuation," police said in a statement.

a person wearing a hat and sunglasses: Geoff and Lillani Hopkins prior to the volcano eruption on White Island on Monday December 9.© Lillani Hopkins/AP Geoff and Lillani Hopkins prior to the volcano eruption on White Island on Monday December 9.

In the moments immediately after the eruption, the boat's crew made the decision to turn around and help those people left behind.

"We (could) see there's people in the water. There's people swimming off the island," Hopkins, a New Zealand pastor who was on the vessel for a day trip with his daughter Lillani, told CNN.

The 23 people who were brought on board the boat had "horrific burns," he said.

"A lot of people were in shorts, T-shirts, so their faces, their arms, their hands, their legs (were burned)," Hopkins added. "Skin falling off, and hanging from chins. From fingers. From elbows."

The vessel, owned by a company called White Island Tours, was more accustomed to running sightseeing trips than being used as a floating triage center, but as more and more injured people were brought to the boat by dinghies, the crew made a desperate appeal for any doctors on board to come forward.

New Zealand police hoping to get bodies off volcano

  New Zealand police hoping to get bodies off volcano New Zealand authorities said they hoped clear weather Wednesday would allow the recovery of bodies from the White Island volcano but they would not be rushed into landing on the still-smouldering disaster zone. Monday's explosion at the popular tourist attraction off the North Island coast resulted in six deaths and authorities believe the remains of eight others listed as missing are still on the island. A total of 47 day-trippers were on the island when the blast occured, and many survivors suffered serious burns.Police Minister Stuart Nash said he understood the frustration of family members who wanted their loved ones' remains returned but defended the delay.

WHAKATANE, New Zealand — Rescue workers on Wednesday were again forced to delay attempts to reach White Island to recover the bodies of people believed to have been killed in a volcanic eruption there. The authorities said conditions were still too dangerous and unpredictable to risk the attempt.

The New Zealand authorities said a criminal investigation had been opened in the aftermath of the He said he later saw a busload of people, all of whom were shirtless, who had likely been rescued from the The volcano is New Zealand ’s most active. People were allowed to visit the island even after

a group of people walking on the side of a mountain: A photo taken by Geoff Hopkins on White Island, prior to the volcano's eruption.© Courtesy Geoff Hopkins A photo taken by Geoff Hopkins on White Island, prior to the volcano's eruption.

Hopkins and his daughter are both trained in first aid, and they stepped up to help as the situation unfolded.

He recalled one crew member's expression: "The look of horror on her face as she said, 'We need all the help we can get.'"

As the pair turned from tourists to first responders, he said they focused on those who were most seriously injured.

Of all the people that Hopkins helped, he says one couple has stuck in his mind the most.

US newlyweds Matthew Urey, 36, and Lauren Barham, 32, from Richmond, Virginia, were on the island during a day trip from their honeymoon cruise on the Royal Caribbean vessel Ovation of the Seas.

"I remember I asked her name and she struggled to say it," Hopkins said of Barham. "And he said it for her and said, 'She's my wife.' And she would ask 'How's my husband? And he would ask 'How's my wife?'"

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  White Island volcano: Rescuer tells of 'Chernobyl'-like scene White Island volcano: Rescuer tells of 'Chernobyl'-like scene

Police in New Zealand have said they do not expect to find any more survivors from a volcanic eruption on White Island that killed at least five people “Police believe that anyone who could have been taken from the island alive was rescued at the time of the evacuation.” Up to two dozen people

New Zealand volcano eruption – Brit women among 31 injured as 5 dead and cops warn no more survivors will be found. BRIT tourists are among 31 injured after a huge volcanic eruption in New Zealand as police say no more Survivors of the blast were taken to hospitals on New Zealand 's North Island For other inquiries, Contact Us. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map.

Their love for each other touched him, and he prayed for them both to survive, Hopkins said.

"There are times when I'm praying," he recalled. "You are not gonna die on this way back. You are not gonna die."

"She said, 'This is the worst day of my life. And I had to say, 'Yes it is. But you've got so much more of your life to live.'"

"When she says 'I don't think I'm gonna make it,' you rebuke that. 'You are gonna make it. You're strong. You're a fighter. You're gonna get through this. You've got a future.'"

Urey and Barham are being treated at two different hospitals, one in Christchurch and one in Auckland.

New Zealand has four specialist burns units, all of which are now full in the wake of the White Island disaster.

"It's absolutely soul-crushing," Janet Urey, Matthew's mother, told CNN via FaceTime. "It's my worst nightmare. But on the other hand I'm trying to focus on the positive."

"I was lucky enough to be notified by Matt that's he was okay," she said. "There were so many families that didn't get any word."

"Minutes could have been life or death for them," Urey added.

"33% of his body is burned," she said. "Many of them are full thickness burns, which are pretty severe. They're going to require plastic surgery, skin grafting."

It was a painful end to what was supposed to be a dream trip.

"It was his trip of a lifetime," she said. "He put so much work and effort and time into planning this to make it just what they wanted. This would be the perfect honeymoon."

CNN also spoke via text message to Barbara Barham, Lauren's mother. She is also traveling to New Zealand to be with her daughter.

"We don't know how she is yet," Barham said. "We don't think she is conscious."

Both mothers are now making the grueling multi-leg trip from the US to New Zealand, with no idea of what awaits them on their arrival.

Correction: This story has been updated to attribute the quote "We need all the help we can get" to a White Island Tours crew member.

No luck in search for remaining bodies on New Zealand volcano .
Search teams returned to New Zealand's volcanic White Island on Sunday but there was no sign of two bodies still unaccounted for after last week's eruption, as police released the names of four more victims. We understand completely how frustrating it is for loved ones who want the bodies back," deputy police commissioner Mike Clement said when the land search party of eight police officers returned to the mainland. He said there was "every chance" both corpses were in the water but the divers were "satisfied that the area we searched near the jetty is clear of the bodies".

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