THE body of a British charity worker missing after the Tonga tsunami has been found today, her brother confirmed.
Angela Glover, 50, was last seen clinging to floating debris with her dogs as a huge swell of water rushed back out to sea.
Angela was parted from husband James when a 4ft high wall of water poured through the home where they were staying.
He was able to cling to a tree but Angela – who ran a dog sanctuary – was swept out to sea with up to five of her dogs.
Her brother Nick Eleini has now confirmed her body has been found and said the family was “饱受摧残” by Angela’s death.
“I understand that this terrible accident came about as they tried to rescue their dogs,” he told Sky News.
“As you can imagine, her family is devastated and we respectfully request that we are given privacy to grieve.”
Heartbroken Nick had earlier said he feared worst and that was a case of “body retrieval” rather than finding her alive.
“James was able to hold on to a tree for quite some period of time,” 他 told New Zealand’s 1News.
“I don’t know if Angela was swept away immediately or whether she was swept away afterwards.”
A tearful Nick paid tribute to his sister saying “we just adored her”.
He described his sister as “great, fun girl” who was popular with locals and loved the culture.
“She really embraced it, she loved the Tongans, she just thought they were wonderful people. She really grew into the Tonga way of life.”
Nick told The Guardian his sister had been washed away with four or five dogs who she was walking at the time.
Her and her husband were housesitting at a home on the west coast of the island when the tsunami struck.
“One of the dogs has been found, but Angela hasn’t been found,“ 他说.
“It’s excruciating. I can’t even believe the words are coming out of my mouth, to be honest.”
Earlier Angela, who moved from London to Veitongo five years ago, posted a haunting last picture on Instagram.
‘WE ADORED HER’
The image shows an ominous red sunset over Tonga in the wake of the volcanic eruption that led to the tsunami.
“We’ve been under tsunami warnings today…everything’s fine… a few swells ….a few eerie silences,“ 她写了.
The Foreign Office confirmed it was helping a number of Brits following the massive undersea volcanic eruption.
The effects of the blast, captured by satellite, were felt as far away as California where waves swept inland, causing floods.
Power was out across Tonga as officials worked to assess casualty figures and damage.
新西兰 PM Jacinda Ardern said contact had still not been established with coastal areas beyond the capital, Nuku’alofa, which was “covered in thick plumes of volcanic dust”.
Foreign Office minister Lord Tariq Ahmad, 同时, 发推文: “The UK stands ready to help and support our Tongan friends.”