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Within seconds the couple were fleeing for their lives. Survivors, families of the dead, first responders and people around Whakatāne have observed a minute's silence at the same time as the Whakaari / White Island eruption one year ago. Six months after the Whakaari/White Island eruption, survivor Kelsey Waghorn has spent the weekend at the base of three other New Zealand volcanoes. ... and provide emergency services to those affected, after the eruption on White Island, also known as … While he can't raise his arms over his head or touch the ground his parents and sister have been by his side to support him throughout his recovery. Of the survivors admitted to hospital, 27 people had suffered burns to more than 30 per cent of their bodies. No more survivors on White Island after volcanic eruption: police By Megan Levy and Zach Hope Updated December 10, 2019 — 7.00am first published at 3.18am While most of the world has been focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, the White Island volcano disaster continues to consume the lives of everyone who survived. 'I want to say a heartfelt thank you to all blood donors – you saved my life', Ms Waghorn told The New Zealand Herald. Volcanic Air and six other private helicopter company staff members flew their aircraft to Whakaari/White Island on the day of the eruption and rescued survivors. 'She was a member of the (Willoughby Girls High) school band and played the flute, taking huge delight when the band toured the USA in 2016,' the memorial booklet at the funeral read. Stephanie has had eight fingers amputated and has had more than 20 operations since the incident. "It wasn't really what I asked for," Mr Milbank told A Current Affair on the eve of the first anniversary of the disaster. On the tortuous journey home to the mainland, they were kept conscious by other passengers. A teenage tour guide who suffered burns to 80 per cent of his body in the White Island volcano eruption … Lisa Dallow, 48, (centre) survived the eruption but her husband Gavin, 53, (left) and daughter Zoe Hosking, 15, (right) never made it off White Island alive on December 9 LISA DALLOW 'You could just feel your skin burning, sizzling. THE AFTERMATH. 'I get anxious. On 9 December 2019, at 14:11 NZDT, the volcanic island Whakaari / White Island in New Zealand's northeastern Bay of Plenty region explosively erupted. Another survivor, Jake Milbank, was working on White Island and celebrating his 19th birthday ... Footage shows first rescue helicopter landing on White Island after huge eruption … Harrowing footage shows terrifying moment guide tells tourists to start running as White Island erupts, Copyright © 2020 MediaWorks TV - All Rights Reserved, By subscribing you agree to our Terms of Access and Privacy Policy. Mr Milbank was rescued on tour boat The Phoenix after the eruption and remembers concentrating on staying awake to keep himself alive on the journey to the mainland. It should have been the happiest time of their lives, but Matt and Lauren Urey's honeymoon turned to disaster on December 9. I just hope every other victim and myself "manage", because that's all we can do.'. When the volcano erupted there were 47 people on the island. Jesse has been released from the burns ward but requires regular treatment at Royal North Shore Hospital. You could feel rocks pelting down on your hard hat. There are no more survivors of the volcanic eruption on New Zealand‘s White Island that killed at least five and left more than 30 wounded, police have said. The helicopter destroyed by the White Island eruption (stuff.co.nz). After two months in a coma, Lisa Dallow woke to the horrible news that her daughter and husband were dead. As they huddled behind a rock in the hope it would provide shelter, the couple could feel their skin 'peeling' off. Jesse (back) with his father Anthony (left) and sister Winona (right), whose body was never recovered from the island, A memorial service for Anthony, Kristine and Winona Langford was held in Sydney in January, Mourners embrace during the memorial service at Marist College North Shore. Krystal Browitt, 21, was killed in the blast, while her father Paul died of his injuries in hospital. 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Geoff Hopkins says he will never forget the cries as the survivors of the White Island volcano eruption were pulled aboard the boat. I can't say we have adapted to the new normal, I can say we have made adjustments where necessary and we are working through OT, PT, therapy and upcoming surgery to make the very best of our situation.'. Time feels weird now. Matt and Lauren Urey's honeymoon turned to disaster on December 9 when they were on the island when the volcano erupted, As they huddled behind a rock in the hope it would provide shelter, the couple could feel their skin 'peeling' off (pictured ). A Kiwi woman who survived the Whakaari White Island eruption has shared her terrifying and courageous story on camera for the first time. We didn't know anything. That respect brought him back to the island that has changed his life. The disaster would claim the lives of 21 people, Stephanie Browitt (left) survived the White Island disaster, but her sister Krystal (right) and their father Paul were both killed instantly, After more than six months of treatment in hospital Stephanie, 23, returned home last month to the excitement of her much loved pet dog. "It was tough. 'They said you needed to run': Tour group's 'surreal conversation' about what to do if White Island erupted just before it did, 'Run!' 'Having to have someone else there to put your shoes on and off is a lot different to what you're used to.'. When paramedics met them, the pain killers were no relief at all and some of victims' bodies were too burnt for medics to administer to them. 'You could feel your skin sizzling': White Island survivors... 'It hurts more and more': Australian woman who suffered... Jacinda Ardern is the most popular New Zealand PM in more... Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19, White Island eruption survivor Kelsey Waghorn's message to her blood donors - NZ Herald, White Island survivors reveal incredible escape | Nine News Australia - YouTube. White Island tour guide survivor Jake Milbank opens up about long road back to recovery. By Josh Hanrahan For Daily Mail Australia, Published: 23:01 EST, 13 June 2020 | Updated: 23:01 EST, 13 June 2020. The 48-year-old blacked out shortly after the eruption and was placed in an induced coma, before being eventually transported to The Alfred hospital in Melbourne. The ability to open a two-litre bottle of soft drink was a momentous occasion for Rick and Ivy Reed on their road to recovery. The American couple's injuries were so severe they remained in New Zealand for two months before doctors deemed them stable enough to journey back to the U.S, Jesse Langford (front) was the only member of his family to survive the White Island tragedy. 'People talk about a new normal after catastrophic events happen. The other, Jake Milbank, has since returned to the volcano he still loves and respects. The American couple were with a tour group exploring the island when ash silently mushroomed from the volcano's crater. Teenage tour guide Jake Millbank was finally released from hospital in April, after 25 surgeries and two weeks in a coma. "I never feel any anger towards the island," Milbank said. The American couple's injuries were so severe they remained in New Zealand for two months before doctors deemed them stable enough to journey back to the U.S. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. Having bared the brunt of the 300C gas that erupted from the volcano Mr Millbank said it was the things he had once taken for granted that were now most special to him. There were days where they lay oblivious to the gravity of what had happened while their families felt it intensely. Today marks exactly a year since the eruption of Whakaari/White Island, a volcano off the coast of Whakatāne in the Bay of Plenty. ', Lisa Dallow, 48, (centre) survived the eruption but her husband Gavin, 53, (left) and daughter Zoe Hosking, 15, (right) never made it off White Island alive on December 9. White Island Tours first started operating in 1991, but with WorkSafe and coronial investigations still ongoing, no one knows if Whakaari will ever welcome tourists again. ', Ms Dallow missed her husband's funeral as she was in an induced coma in hospital recovering from her injuries, Gavin Dallow, 53, (left) and his step-daughter, 15-year-old Zoe Hosking, (right) died when the volcano erupted on White Island in December, John Cozad (right) managed to make it off White Island alive, but his son Chris was killed in the eruption. A Kiwi woman who survived the Whakaari White Island eruption has shared her terrifying and courageous story on camera for the first time. 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READ MORE: 'It does not get easier': Melbourne survivor of White Island eruption speaks of grief, anxiety, pain December 9, the day crater blew, was also Mr Milbank's 19 th birthday. White Island eruption: Newlywed survivors confirm lawsuit against Kiwi company, cruise ship. 23 Jul, 2020 12:43 AM 4 minutes to read. Just that they hadn't come back.'. 'She then recalled how rocks were falling everywhere and hitting her on the back. 21 people died as a result of the eruption, some instantly, while others succumbed to their injuries in hospital. 'Of course I was frightened a little bit... but it all came down to that fight or flight kind of thing,' he said. Whakaari/White Island guide Jake Milbank survived the eruption and talks in the documentary about his experience. He's spoken out about his road to recovery. We just didn't know. White Island volcano survivors sue Royal Caribbean and New Zealand tour company Matt and Lauren Urey survived a deadly volcanic eruption while on their honeymoon in New Zealand in December 2019. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. As his mother, father and younger sister were laid to rest, Jesse Langford watched on from his hospital bed. As ash and debris rained down, Ms Urey gripped her husband's hand and told him she loved him. Only 26 would survive the blast. In total, the White Island survivors have so far received blood from 751 donors, and it is those people - as well as the first responders - who she credits with saving her life. 'It takes a lot for me to cry, but the outpouring of support from around the world has had me shedding a lot of tears,' she said. She admits she thought they would die. 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More than six months on, these are the stories of the White Island survivors. 'It was the darkest, most terrifying thing I've ever seen in my life. 21 people died as a result of the White Island eruption. It's not the image but the feeling that came with it, it was just, the oxygen gets sucked out of your body, and it was then that I thought, 'she's in big trouble'," Shelley Waghorn, Kelsey's mum, said. Incredibly Mrs Cozad had no idea what had happened until she received a call from her daughter back in Australia, asking if everyone was OK. 'It all went downhill from there,' Mrs Cozad told The Canberra Times. Eruption survivors threaten to sue White Island Tours. The 19-year-old suffered burns to the majority of his body, but was somehow the only member of his family to survive the disaster. 'Honestly, every time it's the ninth of each month I can feel my heart racing and my body tense as the memory of it floods back in my mind,' she wrote on Instagram. 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