Trapped in the Volcano

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Trapped in the Volcano

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HOW THE CRUISE OF A LIFETIME TURNED INTO A DEADLY NIGHTMARE

In the height of the summer cruise season in the southern hemisphere many on board the Ovation of the Seas it was the trip of a lifetime. The luxury cruise to New Zealand promised great entertainment and the opportunity to get up close to the renowned natural beauty of the Land of the Long White Cloud.

But on the afternoon of December 9 the dream holiday turned into a deadly nightmare when a group of cruise ship passengers and other day trippers became trapped in the middle of a volcanic eruption.

47 people were in the famous White Island volcano crater when it erupted. 21 were killed, 19 of them were from the Ovation of the Seas.

This documentary investigates what the tourists were told, what they understood about the dangers of visiting New Zealand’s most active volcano and what more could have been done to prevent the tragedy, that has left so many dead and others with lifelong traumatic injuries.

In videos captured on smart phones, the raw power of the eruption and its aftermath experienced by those on the island and on boats nearby can be seen.

This is the story of the incredible heroism and compassion shown by those on the scene. In heart stopping interviews with fellow tourists and guides, an extraordinary picture of how ordinary people did everything in their power to rescue and comfort the injured.

For the families grieving their loved ones, they feel a debt of gratitude to those who didn’t hesitate to help.

A Four Corners story.

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Foreign Correspondent
Australian Broadcasting Corporation