The brother of a British woman missing after the tsunami in Tonga said he feared she was dead.
Nick Eleini said he had hope but he now believes it was the case that the body of Angela Glover was recovered, who was swept out to sea with her dogs.
Angela, 50, split from husband James when a 4ft high wall of water spilled over the house where they were staying.
He was able to cling to a tree but Angela – who runs a dog sanctuary – was swept out to sea with her five dogs.
She was last seen clinging to debris floating with animals when a huge body of water poured back into the sea and has not been seen since.
Heartbroken Nick then says he fears the worst and that it is now more a case of “finding her body” than finding her alive.
“But I hope, that’s all I can do,” he told 1News of New Zealand.
“James was able to cling to a tree for quite a long time.
“I don’t know if Angela was washed away immediately or if she was washed away afterwards.”
A tearful Nick pays tribute to his sister saying “we just adore her”.
He describes his sister as a “great, fun girl” who is loved by the locals and loves the culture.
“She really hugs it, she loves the Song family, she just thinks they are great people. She really grew up in the Tongan way of life. “
Nick told The Guardian His sister was swept away along with four or five dogs she was walking with at the time.
She and her husband were staying at a house on the west coast of the island when the tsunami struck.
He said: “One of the dogs has been found, but Angela has not been found.
“So terrible. I can’t even believe the words that are coming out of my mouth, to be honest. ”
Before that, Angela, who moved from London to Veitongo five years ago, posted a haunting final photo on Instagram.
‘WE HAVE JOINed Her’
The image shows an ominous red sunset over Tonga following the volcanic eruption that led to the tsunami.
“We got a tsunami warning today…everything is fine…a few highlights….some eerie silence,” she wrote.
The Foreign Office confirmed it was helping a number of Britons following the massive volcanic eruption under the sea.
The effects of the explosion, captured by satellite, were felt far away as far as California, where the waves hit the land, causing flooding.
Power was lost across Tonga as officials worked to assess casualty and damage figures.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said contact had not yet been established with coastal areas outside the capital Nuku’alofa, which were “covered with dense volcanic dust”.
Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Secretary Lord Tariq Ahmad tweeted: “The UK stands ready to help and support our Tongan friends.”
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8218833/fear-brit-sister-dead-tonga-tsunami/ I’m afraid my sister Brit died in the tsunami in Tonga