Three More Australians Identified In NZ Volcano Tragedy
Three more Australians have been identified following the volcanic eruption in New Zealand on Monday.
Karla Mathews, Richard Elzer and Jason Griffiths from Coffs Harbour, were part of a group of nine close friends who embarked on a trip of a lifetime to New Zealand last week.
Sadly, their friends have confirmed the trio were on a shore excursion on White Island when the eruption occurred.
Richard and Karla are presumed dead with their bodies still on White Island, their friends said in a statement through DFAT on Wednesday.
"We have been advised that there are no signs of life on the island," the statement said.
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the group managed to locate Jason Griffiths in a New Zealand hospital, but sadly he has since died.
"From that moment until the moment of his passing, Jason was surrounded by friends and family members," the statement said.
"We are incredibly saddened to have lost three of our closest friends."
Australian Victims Confirmed Dead
Earlier on Wednesday, an Adelaide father and his step-daughter were also confirmed as two more Australian victims, as the girl's mother fights for her life in hospital.
Gavin Dallow's body has been found and identified by New Zealand police, his devastated family has confirmed.
Zoe Hosking, his 15-year-old stepdaughter is also presumed dead with her body still on White Island.
Lisa Dallow, Gavin's wife, has been found in a New Zealand hospital suffering critical burns.
10 News First understands Lisa is in an induced coma with burns to 57 percent of her body.
In an emotional statement outside their family home on Wednesday, Gavin's family described him as a "wonderful son and brother."
"We will miss him at the cricket and we'll miss him at the football," his father, Brian said, adding that the pair had watched the test cricket together just days before Gavin left for his holiday.
"He was a generous man, always helping his family and his community," Brian added.
"Naturally it will have a big impact, we are just coming on Christmas. We're really going to miss him."
"Our hearts break at the loss of Zoe at such a young age," he continued.
"We know her loss will also devastate her school community and local Girl Guides, of which she was an active member."
Brian said Zoe was a keen Girl Guide and always kept busy. Just last week she performed the national anthem at the opening of a baseball game.
"Our prayers are with those others that are missing and are still on the island with Zoe."
Brisbane's Julie Richards, 47, and her daughter Jessica, 20, were also confirmed dead on Wednesday. Their relatives will fly to New Zealand's North Island to retrieve the women.
Friend John Mickel told media the family was devastated to hear the news.
"You live in hope, but the hope was snuffed out this morning with a phone call from the New Zealand Police," he said.
Mickel said the mother and daughter were both outdoorsy people, Jess was a promising AFL player and bright university student.
"If there was an adventure that offered itself, then they would be the ones to do it," he said.
Relatives of the pair are "united in grief", he said.
He said Wednesday would be their hardest day, but there was more struggle ahead for relatives, noting the loss would be felt even more acutely at Christmas time.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk released a statement on Wednesday saying she knows Julie and Jessica's family and was "deeply saddened" by the news of their death.
"I know how much Julie and Jessica are loved and how terribly devastating their loss is," Palaszczuk said on Twitter.
"I offer my profound condolences to everyone going through what this family is going through."
A Sydney family of four is also among the Australians missing since the deadly eruption, and their loved ones are also desperate for information.
Rodney Langford said his brother Anthony Langford, 51, his wife Kristine, and their two teenage children Jesse, 19, and Winona, 17, were on the cruise Ovation Of The Seas and had not been heard from since.
'They went on a cruise ... there was a bit of an explosion, and they're missing," he told Seven News.
"We don't know anything at all, but I'm hoping someone knows anything, someone knows my brother, his kids, and they can notify the media and they can notify us," Langford said.
It's understood Jesse Langford has been found alive and is receiving treatment in hospital.
Jesse Langford (pictured) has also not been heard from since the eruption. Image: Supplied.
New Zealand police confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that one patient was currently receiving treatment at Wellington Hospital will soon be flown to Sydney.
A total of 30 people are currently receiving treatment in hospitals across New Zealand. Authorities say they do not expect to find any more survivors since the eruption.
On Wednesday, NZ police released the name of people officially listed as missing.
Police said the people on the list are neither in the hospital nor have been discharged.
They include seven Australians and two New Zealanders.
- Gavin Dallow (Australia)
- Jessica Richards (Australia)
- Krystal Browitt (Australia)
- Richard Elzer (Australia)
- Zoe Hosking (Australia)
- Karla Matthews (Australia)
- Julie Richards (Australia)
- Tipene Maangi (New Zealand)
- Hayden Inman (New Zealand)
On Wednesday, the family of Gavin Dallow confirmed his body had been found and that Zoe Hosking, Gavin's step-daughter was presumed dead as her body was still on White Island.
Friends of Jessica and Julie Richards, as well as the Queensland Premier, have also confirmed the death of the two Brisbane women.
Hayden Inman, a local tour guide, was the first victim to be identified after his brother shared a heartbreaking message on Facebook on Monday evening.
"Friends and family, very sad news this evening," he wrote.
"My bro Hayden Marshall-Inman has passed away doing the one thing he loved. Thanks for all your messages."
Marshall-Inman had worked for White Island Tours for several years, and friends said he "lived life to the fullest" and "always put others first".
Another New Zealand tour guide, Tipene Maangi, has also been reported missing.
The 24-year-old's family and friends gathered at Whakatāne on Tuesday anxiously awaiting news.
His father shed tears as the family described Maangi as a "loving young man, who always put others before himself", Radio NZ reported.
Red Cross Restoring Family Links has been set up to help reunite families with missing loved ones.
The bodies of at least six people remain on White Island, but police believe there are no survivors.
Recovery operations have been stalled, however, after authorities warned there was a 40-60 percent chance the volcano could erupt again soon.
DFAT 24-hour consular assistance: 1300 555 135 from Australia or +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas.
New Zealand police hotline: +64 9105 105 to submit information about friends or family who might have been visiting White Island during the eruption.