Australian victim of White Island volcano eruption formally named as Krystal Browitt from Melbourne

Australian veterinary student Krystal Eve Browitt has been formally identified as one of the victims of Monday’s White Island volcano disaster.

Ms Browitt, 21, whose father Paul and sister Stephanie are both seriously injured in hospital, was formally named by New Zealand Police on Saturday as one of the deceased.

Friends said the young Melbourne woman’s family saved up for months to afford the ‘cruise of a lifetime’ and were excited to treat themselves. 

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Krystal Eve Browitt, 21, (pictured) has been formally identified as the first Australian victim of Monday's White Island volcano disaster

Krystal Eve Browitt, 21, (pictured) has been formally identified as the first Australian victim of Monday's White Island volcano disaster

Krystal Eve Browitt, 21, (pictured) has been formally identified as the first Australian victim of Monday’s White Island volcano disaster

The young woman's father Paul and sister Stephanie are both seriously injured in hospital

The young woman's father Paul and sister Stephanie are both seriously injured in hospital

The young woman’s father Paul and sister Stephanie are both seriously injured in hospital

 

Ms Browitt graduated from Kolbe Catholic College in Greenvale in Melbourne's north-western suburbs in 2016

Ms Browitt graduated from Kolbe Catholic College in Greenvale in Melbourne's north-western suburbs in 2016

Ms Browitt graduated from Kolbe Catholic College in Greenvale in Melbourne’s north-western suburbs in 2016 

A diver is pictured preparing to search the waters off White Island on Saturday for bodies - a day after that of Ms Browitt was believed to have been recovered from the disaster scene by elite NZ Defence Force soldiers

A diver is pictured preparing to search the waters off White Island on Saturday for bodies - a day after that of Ms Browitt was believed to have been recovered from the disaster scene by elite NZ Defence Force soldiers

A diver is pictured preparing to search the waters off White Island on Saturday for bodies – a day after that of Ms Browitt was believed to have been recovered from the disaster scene by elite NZ Defence Force soldiers

Police deputy commissioner John Tims said search divers faced 'unique and challenging conditions' as they searched waters 'with between zero and two metres visibility'

Police deputy commissioner John Tims said search divers faced 'unique and challenging conditions' as they searched waters 'with between zero and two metres visibility'

Police deputy commissioner John Tims said search divers faced ‘unique and challenging conditions’ as they searched waters ‘with between zero and two metres visibility’

It is believed her body was one of those retrieved from White Island by elite soldiers from the New Zealand Defence Force wearing protective suits and gas masks on Friday.

Her mother Marie, who has a ‘walking issue’, stayed behind on the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship and could only watch in horror as the volcano erupted. 

Stephanie, an aspiring actress, and Mr Browitt are in induced comas in Auckland and Christchurch hospitals – fighting for life after suffering horrific burns. 

Krystal's sister Stephanie, 23, is fighting for life in Christchurch Hospital with her mother Marie at her bedside

Krystal's sister Stephanie, 23, is fighting for life in Christchurch Hospital with her mother Marie at her bedside

Ms Browitt is getting Stephanie and her husband Paul transferred to The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne

Ms Browitt is getting Stephanie and her husband Paul transferred to The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne

Krystal’s sister Stephanie (pictured) and her father Paul Browitt are in induced comas in Christchurch and Auckland hospitals fighting for life from their horrific burns

The 21-year-old’s boyfriend Daniel Czimmermann also rushed to New Zealand in the hope of finding her among the injured, but has now heard the worst. 

Ms Browitt graduated from Kolbe Catholic College in Greenvale in Melbourne’s north-western suburbs in 2016. 

Her principal at the school described the young woman earlier this week as a ‘beautiful soul’.

The official announcement of her death comes as police continue to search the volatile White Island for two more people five days after the volcano erupted.

Six bodies were recovered from the island on Friday. 

Police deputy commissioner John Tims said search divers faced ‘unique and challenging conditions’ as they searched waters contaminated by the eruption ‘with between zero and two metres visibility’.  

The remains of six people were retrieved Friday in a daring rescue by elite soldiers under threat of another eruption

The remains of six people were retrieved Friday in a daring rescue by elite soldiers under threat of another eruption

The remains of six people were retrieved Friday in a daring rescue by elite soldiers under threat of another eruption

‘Divers have reported seeing a number of dead fish and eels washed ashore and floating in the water,’ Mr Tims said.

They were focusing on an area where a body was seen floating in the water earlier in the week. 

Of the 47 people on the island at the time of the eruption, at least 16 were killed while 28 remain in hospitals in New Zealand and Australia with 21 listed as being in a critical condition. 

Australian death toll so far: Nine named as dead or presumed dead

Twenty four Australians were among 47 on White Island when it erupted.  

Eleven are dead or presumed dead but not all have been named.

New Zealand Police said there was a ‘definitive’ list of those who are in hospital but could not be released due to privacy reasons.  

THE DEAD:

Julie Richards, 47, and her daughter Jessica, 20, from Brisbane.

Julie Richards, 47, and her daughter Jessica, 20, (pictured) from Brisbane are among the dead

Julie Richards, 47, and her daughter Jessica, 20, (pictured) from Brisbane are among the dead

Julie Richards, 47, and her daughter Jessica, 20, (pictured) from Brisbane are among the dead

Gavin Dallow, 53, and stepdaughter Zoe Hosking, 15, from Adelaide 

Lisa Dallow's 15-year-old daughter Zoe (pictured) has been confirmed dead

Lisa Dallow's 15-year-old daughter Zoe (pictured) has been confirmed dead

Gavin Dallow, from Adelaide, has been confirmed dead

Gavin Dallow, from Adelaide, has been confirmed dead

The Hosking/Dallow family had been on a tour at the time of the eruption. Mum Lisa Dallow is among the injured in hospital. Her husband Gavin (right) 53, and 15-year-old daughter Zoe, from Adelaide, (left) were confirmed dead on Wednesday 

Mr Dallow’s body was identified by police from the five bodies recovered from the island, but Zoe’s remains are still there and she is presumed dead.

Karla Mathews, 32, and Richard Elzer, 32, from Coffs Harbour, NSW 

Karla Mathews (left), 32, is dead as is boyfriend Richard Elzer (right), 32, from Coffs Harbour

Karla Mathews (left), 32, is dead as is boyfriend Richard Elzer (right), 32, from Coffs Harbour

Karla Mathews (left), 32, is dead as is boyfriend Richard Elzer (right), 32, from Coffs Harbour

The couple were identified as those tourists still on the island and therefore presumed dead by their families on Wednesday.

Jason Griffiths, 33, Coffs Harbour, NSW  

Jason Griffiths, 33, from Coffs Harbour was taken to hospital in critical condition but died from his injuries on Wednesday

Jason Griffiths, 33, from Coffs Harbour was taken to hospital in critical condition but died from his injuries on Wednesday

Jason Griffiths, 33, from Coffs Harbour was taken to hospital in critical condition but died from his injuries on Wednesday 

Jason Griffiths, 33, from Coffs Harbour, NSW, died from his injuries on Wednesday after being taken to hospital in critical condition. 

He had been on a tour of the volcano with couple Karla Mathews, 32, and Richard Elzer, 32, who are now presumed dead, friends said.  

Matthew (Year 8) and Berend Hollander (Year 10) from Sydney

Matthew Hollander

Matthew Hollander

Berend Hollander

Berend Hollander

Matthew (left, year eight) and Berend (right, year 10) Hollander were confirmed dead on Thursday morning

Knox Grammar schoolboy brothers Matthew, 13, and Berend, 16, Hollander were confirmed dead on Thursday morning.

They died in two New Zealand hospitals after escaping the island with horrific burns.  

Krystal Browitt, 21, from Melbourne 

She was on the cruise for her 21st birthday with family. 

Her father Paul is in a coma in Auckland and her sister Stephanie is in a Christchurch hospital, while her mother Marie stayed on the cruiseliner. 

Krystal Browitt was on the cruise for her 21st birthday with family

Krystal Browitt was on the cruise for her 21st birthday with family

Krystal Browitt was on the cruise for her 21st birthday with family

THE MISSING: 

Martin and Barbara Hollander  

According to his Linkedin profile, Mr Hollander works at Transport for NSW as a freight initiatives manager.

He is also a director at a Singaporean investment management firm, Wipunen Incrementum Capital.

He was on a family holiday with his wife, who remains unaccounted for, and two kids, who were confirmed dead on Thursday. 

Parents Martin and Barbara, who were on the island with their sons when the eruption hit on Monday, are listed among the missing

Parents Martin and Barbara, who were on the island with their sons when the eruption hit on Monday, are listed among the missing

Parents Martin and Barbara, who were on the island with their sons when the eruption hit on Monday, are listed among the missing

Anthony Langford, 51, wife Kristine, and daughter Winona, 17

Mr Langford works for Sydney Water. 

Jesse Langford, 18, is in hospital being treated

Jesse Langford's parents and 17-year-old sister, from north Sydney, are still listed as missing. The family (pictured together) toured the volcano on Monday as part of a cruise holiday

Jesse Langford's parents and 17-year-old sister, from north Sydney, are still listed as missing. The family (pictured together) toured the volcano on Monday as part of a cruise holiday

Jesse Langford’s parents and 17-year-old sister, from north Sydney, are still listed as missing. The family (pictured together) toured the volcano on Monday as part of a cruise holiday

THE INJURED: 

Lisa Dallow, 49, from Adelaide

She is an induced coma in Hamilton Hospital, with 57 per cent of her body burnt

Lisa Dallow (right with her husband Gavin who is missing), 49, from Adelaide

Lisa Dallow (right with her husband Gavin who is missing), 49, from Adelaide

Lisa Dallow (right with her husband Gavin who is missing), 49, from Adelaide

Jesse Langford, 19

He has been identified among the injured in hospital but his condition is not clear

Found: Jesse Langford (pictured with Michelle Spring, believed to be his girlfriend) is in hospital but his condition is not clear

Found: Jesse Langford (pictured with Michelle Spring, believed to be his girlfriend) is in hospital but his condition is not clear

Found: Jesse Langford (pictured with Michelle Spring, believed to be his girlfriend) is in hospital but his condition is not clear

 

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