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New Zealand formally names first volcano victim

  • 14 December 2019
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New Zealand formally names first volcano victim
Police have officially named the first victim of the White Island volcano eruption in New Zealand, as recovery efforts continue.
Krystal Eve Browitt was a 21-year-old Australian from Melbourne who was visiting the island with her family.
Father Paul and sister Stephanie are both in hospital with serious injuries.
Fifteen deaths have been now been confirmed from Monday's eruption, while about 20 people are in intensive care with severe burns.
Police said on Saturday that the latest victim died at Waikato Hospital.
The authorities released Ms Browitt's name on Saturday after informing her family.
While friends and families have announced the loss of their loved ones, the 21-year-old Australian is the first victim formally identified by the police.
Police divers meanwhile resumed their search in the area around White Island, also known by its Maori name of Whakaari.
Conditions in the water were "not optimal", with visibility between zero and two metres (6.5ft) in some places.
"The water around the island is contaminated, requiring the divers to take extra precautions to ensure their safety, including using specialist protective equipment," Deputy Commissioner John Tims said in a statement. "Each time they surface, the divers are decontaminated using fresh water."
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