Hayden Marshall-Inman Tour Guide Volcano Death New Zealand – On Monday, December 9, 2019, at 2:11 in the afternoon, Hayden Marshall-Inman, 40, (see video below), worked as a New Zealand White Island Tours Limited guide. Hayden helped passengers to shore after Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ship Ovation of the Seas when the ship called at White Island in New Zealand’s northeastern Bay of Plenty region as the Whakaari Volcano erupted.
Hayden Marshall-Inman lived in Queanbeyan, New South Wales and was married; his wife Brenda Lee survives him.
Marshall-Inman grew up in Ohope, a beach town on New Zealand’s northeast coast. He worked as a tour guide for several years before becoming a captain with White Island Tours. Marshall-Inman was well-loved by friends and colleagues, who described him as a gregarious, experienced and risk-averse guide.
His brother Mark Inman confirmed his death on social media, writing: “Friends and family, very sad news this evening. My bro Hayden Marshall-Inman has passed away doing the one thing he loved.”
Hayden Marshall-Inman was a guide for White Island Tours and was leading a group on a seven-hour trip from Ovation of the Seas to the volcano, a popular tourist destination about 30 miles offshore from mainland New Zealand, at the time of the eruption. He died as a hero, helping other victims to rescuers onshore.
Marshall-Inman was leading tourists on an ill-fated day trip and never made it rescue boats ferrying horribly burned survivors to shore. Marshall-Inman was the kind of person who would do anything to help others or show New Zealand to tourists, his brother Mark Inman has said.
Friends say the gentle, 6’3″ tall giant, spent more than a decade of his summers as a YMCA camp employee in New Zealand, based at the YMCA Camp of Maine as one of the dozens of foreign counselors recruited each year. Camp CEO Jeff Gleason said Marshall-Inman was on staff there each season the camp was open from 2004 to 2015, often serving as waterfront director.
Marshall-Inman would work in Maine for the summer, which is the winter in the southern hemisphere then he’d go home. A former YMCA staff member who worked with Marshall-Inman in 2009 said she stayed in touch with him throughout his time in Maine and beyond. “We remained close family friends,” Julia Gustafson said.
She added that Marshall-Inman attended her wedding and would come to visit for at least a weekend each summer he was in Maine. “He would work in Maine for the summer, which is the winter in the southern hemisphere then he’d go home,” Gustafson said.
January 18, 2016, Marshall-Inman saved a man and his two sons after tour boat PeeJay V caught fire, with seven crew and 53 passengers aboard. PeeJay V was approaching the Whakatāne Harbour after an all day-excursion to White Island when a fire broke out in the engine room.
On another ill-fated trip, Marshall-Inman saved a man who knocked his head and fell in the water during a whale-watching trip. “He had a love for kids, for people, a passion for the outdoors, he loved his job, loved the ocean.”
Ovation of the Seas was sailing on a 12-night cruise from Sydney, Australia.
About Whakaari Volcano
Whakaari also is known as just White Island is an active andesite stratovolcano situated 48 km (30 mi) from the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand, in the Bay of Plenty. It is New Zealand’s most active cone volcano and has been built up by continuous volcanic activity over the past 150,000 years.
The nearest mainland towns are Whakatane and Tauranga. The island has been in a nearly continuous stage of releasing volcanic gas at least since it was sighted by James Cook in 1769. Whakaari erupted continually from December 1975 until September 2000, marking the world’s longest historic eruption episode, according to GeoNet, and also in 2012, 2016, and 2019.
GeoNet, which tracks New Zealand’s seismic and volcanic activity, raised its alert level on the island in November after increasing sulfur dioxide gas. Volcanic tremor also increased, and the agency wrote at the time that the island “may be entering a period where the eruptive activity is more likely than normal.”
Royal Caribbean’s 4,905-passenger Ovation of the Seas arrived at the nearest port of Tauranga yesterday, and it is understood that most of the missing tourists were visiting White Island on the cruise line’s shore excursion.
Royal Caribbean’s spokesperson in Australia stated, “We can confirm that a number of our guests were touring the island today. We do not have any additional details to share at this time. Ovation of the Seas will remain overnight until we learn more about the situation. We will offer all possible assistance to our guests and local authorities. Please keep all those affected in your prayers.”
Other Whakaari Volcano Deaths
Anthony James Langford, 51, North Willoughby, Australia
Barbara Hollander, 50, Sydney, Australia (American)
Berend Hollander, 16, Sydney, Australia (American)
Gavin Dallow, 53, Adelaide, Australia
Jason Griffiths, 33, Coffs Harbour, Australia
Jessica Richards, 20, Brisbane, Australia
Julie Richards, 47, Brisbane, Australia
Karla Matthews, 32, Coffs Harbor, Australia
Kristine Langford, 45. North Willoughby, Australia
Krystal Eve Browitt, 21, Melbourne, Australia
Martin Hollander, 48, Sydney, Australia
Matthew Hollander, 13, Sydney, Australia (American)
Richard Elzer, 32, Coffs Harbor, Australia
Tipene Maangi, 24, New Zealand White Island Tours Limited guide
Winona Jane Langford, 17, North Willoughby, Australia
Zoe Hosking, 15, Adelaide, Australia
Video: First victim of Whakaari, Hayden Marshall-Inman, is remembered by his brother, Mark | The Project NZ