Tragedy as Australian schoolgirl, 15, and her stepfather are confirmed dead in volcano eruption – after her mother was found alive in a New Zealand hospital
An Australian schoolgirl and her stepfather are confirmed dead in the New Zealand volcano disaster that has killed at least six people.
Zoe Hosking, 15, and Gavin Dallow were on a tour of White Island on Monday with the girl’s mother Lisa Hosking when the eruption started.
Ms Hosking was injured but her husband and daughter were killed, bringing the number of Australians confirmed dead to four with many others still missing.
Distraught family had clung to the small hope the pair made it off the island and were recovering with her, but learned the terrible news on Wednesday afternoon.
‘We mourn the loss of Gavin and Zoe. Gavin was a wonderful son and brother,’ a family spokesperson said in a statement.
‘We’ll miss him at the cricket and we’ll miss him at the football. He was a generous man, always helping his family and his community.
Lawyer Gavin Dallow, 53, his wife Lisa Hosking (both right) 48, and her daughter Zoe Hosking (left) 15, were all on a cruise holiday which included an optional walking tour of the volcano when it erupted. Lisa has been found alive but critically injured, while Gavin and Zoe both died
‘Our hearts break at the loss of Zoe at such a young age.
‘We know her loss will also devastate her school community and the local Girl Guides, of which she was an active member.
‘The Dallow family is extremely thankful for the support from relatives, Rotary, the local church community and the broader community.
‘We would also like to acknowledge the assistance received from DFAT , emergency services and the very understanding New Zealand Police.’
Zoe and her father both died in Monday’s disaster