Krystal Eve Browitt Volcano Death New Zealand Ovation of the Seas Passenger – On Monday, December 9, 2019, at 2:11 in the afternoon, Krystal Eve Browitt, 21, (see video below) was a passenger aboard 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.
Krystal Eve Browitt, 21, from Melbourne, Australia was enrolled in La Trobe University’s Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing degree run via Melbourne Polytechnic, and who worked as a veterinary nurse in training. Browitt was on the island with her father Paul and sister Stephanie, who were both seriously injured.
According to Australian paper The Age, Browitt was traveling with her mother Marie, her father Paul and her sister Stephanie on a 13-day trip around New Zealand. A family friend Steven Galea described it as “a cruise of a lifetime” on a GoFundMe page launched on Wednesday.
The Gofundme page states, “The Browitt family were holidaying on a cruise of a lifetime onboard Ovation of the Seas. Sadly, they were on White Island when the volcano erupted. Whilst the mother Marie stayed behind on board the ship, her husband Paul and two daughters Stephanie and Krystal were on the island when the volcano erupted. Paul is in Auckland in a coma in the burn’s unit, Stephanie is in Christchurch in the burns unit in a coma. Sadly, the youngest Krystal is yet to be found and listed as missing. Help support Marie and the family, they need all our thoughts and prayers and most importantly financial help to cope with this ordeal. ”
The Gofundme page has a goal of $100,000 and as of today has raised $56,058.
Browitt was a former student at Kolbe Catholic College, with principal Nick Scully describing her earlier in the week as a “beautiful soul”.
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
Hayden Marshall-Inman – 40, New Zealand White Island Tours Limited guide
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
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: NZ Police formally identify the first victim of horrific White Island disaster