The Police has confirmed that a sixth person has died while being treated in hospital. The bodies of five victims of the New Zealand Volcano eruption were evacuated from the island by survivors after the eruption but there are still eight people missing, feared dead.
In a statement released by the New Zealand police, they said, “Police can confirm a further person has died following the eruption on White Island, bringing the official toll to six. The person was earlier being treated at Middlemore Hospital. Police remain focused on supporting families at this terrible time.”
It is believed that there were 47 people on the island at the time of the volcano eruption and some of those evacuated suffered critical burns after being blasted with ash and scalded with steam.
Authorities said helicopter crews landed and were able to rescue lots of survivors.
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.