New Zealand police have confirmed a sixth person has died in hospital after the volcanic eruption at White Island.
Three of the dead are believed to be Australian, according to Foreign Minister Marise Payne, while a Malaysian tourist and New Zealand tour guide Hayden Marshall-Inman also died in the explosion.
The identity of the sixth victim has not yet been released by police.
A total 47 people were on the island in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty when the volcano exploded, including 24 Australians on a cruise ship tour. But the Red Cross missing persons list still shows 20 Australians are unaccounted for.
Most were evacuated and are now being treated in hospital, many suffering from severe burns and lung damage, but eight others were left on the island and are now presumed dead.
“No signs of life have been seen at any point (on the island),” New Zealand police said on Monday evening.
“Based on the information we have, we do not believe there are any survivors on the island.”
Desperate family members are now monitoring the New Zealand Red Cross Family Links website for information about their loved ones.
Thirty-one people, aged 13 to 72, remain in hospital and 27 of those have burns to more than 30 per cent of their body, NZ Ministry of Health spokesman Pete Watson said on Monday afternoon.
He said many have suffered inhalation injuries and lung damage from volcanic ash and gas.
Among the Australians still listed as missing are North Sydney couple Anthony Langford, 51, and Kristine Langford and their teenage children Winona, 17, and Jesse, 19, Adelaide lawyer Gavin Dallow, 53, and his wife’s daughter Zoe Hosking, 15, Coffs Harbour couple Richard Elzer, 32, and Karla Mathews, 32, and Brisbane mother and daughter Julie Richards, 47, and Jessica Richards, 20.
Here is the full list of Australians currently listed as missing:
• Anthony Langford, 51, of North Sydney
• Kristine Langford, of North Sydney
• Jesse Langford, 19, of North Sydney
• Winona Langford, 17, of North Sydney
• Gavin Brian Dallow, 53, of Adelaide
• Zoe Hosking, 15, of Adelaide
• Jessica Richards, 20, of Brisbane
• Julie Richards, 47, of Brisbane
• Karla Michelle Mathews, 32, of Coffs Harbour
• Richard Aaron Elzer, 32, of Coffs Harbour
• Jane Murray, 56, of Sydney
• Krystal Browitt, 21, of Melbourne
• Martin Hollander, 48, of Sydney
• Barbara Hollander, of Sydney
• Matthew Hollander, 14, of Sydney
• Berend Hollander, 16, of Sydney
• Diane Therese Kirby, of Sydney
• James Stewart Kirby, of Sydney
• Joshua Qin, 5, of Australia Sydney
“The challenge that we have, of course, is continuing restrictions on access back on to White Island for a number of reasons but most particularly because it is a very dangerous environment,” Ms Payne said on Tuesday night
“New Zealand officials, law enforcement and rescue and emergency officials are doing their very, very best to gain that access.
“Then, of course, there are people who are very, very, very badly injured by the events on White Island by the volcanic eruption and that also complicates the capacity to both communicate, identify all of these key issues.”
Authorities have said the victims’ bodies will be taken to Auckland for autopsies to be carried out.
The Advertiser reports Adelaide engineer Lisa Dallow, 48, whose husband and daughter Gavin Dallowand Zoe Hosking are still missing, has been found critically injured in hospital with severe burns to her body.
Rotary Adelaide wrote on its Facebook page that the family were valued members of its club and it would keep them in their thoughts and prayers.
Zoe Hosking is in Year 9 at St Aloysius College in Adelaide.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Zoe and her family,” principal Paddy McEvoy said today.
“We know that you share our sadness at this time. We turn to our loving God to give us strength and courage in the days ahead.”
Gavin Dallow’s father, Brian Dallow, told Seven News he was up every two hours on Monday night checking updates online about his son, Ms Hosking and her teenage daughter.
“We’re hoping they’re in hospital somewhere because, as far as we know, they didn’t get back on the ship,” he said.
Matthew and Berend were in Year 8 and Year 10 at Knox Grammar School in Wahroonga, which their father had also attended.
“It is with a heavy heart that I can confirm that a Knox family is currently unaccounted for … in the eruption,” headmaster Scott James wrote.
The Daily Telegraph also reports Engadine couple Nick and Marion London are in hospital, as is Jason David Griffiths, 33, of Coffs Harbour who was rescued on Monday but is in a critical condition.
Mr Griffiths’ mother is flying to be with her son who has “horrendous” burns, Nine reported.
Sydney’s Marist College North Shore has confirmed that former student Jesse Langford was visiting White Island with his sister and parents on Monday.
“Jesse, who graduated last year was a talented and popular student during his time at the school, finishing up as MacKillop House captain,” a statement from the school’s principal said.
“Jesse has been a student at Marist since Year 7, with his family remembered fondly around the College.
“Please have the Langford family in your prayers.”
Ms Langford, a mother of two, posted on Instagram six days ago when the family left Sydney Harbour on the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship.
“We’re off cruising … Happy birthday (Anthony). Bon voyage everyone!” she wrote.
Mr Langford’s brother, Rodney, told Seven News they “don’t know anything at all” about what has happened to the family of four.
“All we know is that they went on a cruise on White Island, there was an explosion and they’re missing,” he said.
It is believed Julie Richards and her daughter Jessica, from Calamvale in Brisbane, were booked on a tour of White Island, according to The Courier Mail.