Body of British woman swept away after Tonga tsunami found

Source: 1News

The body of a British woman swept away in a tsunami in Tonga following a volcanic eruption on Saturday has been found.

Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai volcano erupted late on Saturday afternoon, causing a tsunami and covering much of Tonga in ash.

Much of the communication network in Tonga went down following the natural disaster, making it difficult for people to contact loved ones.

Angela Glover and her husband James, who own the Happy Sailor Tattoo in Nuku'alofa, had gone to get their dogs when the wave hit.

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James managed to hold onto a tree but his wife, who also ran a dog rescue on the island, and their dogs were washed away.

The 50-year-old's death was confirmed to 1News by her brother, Nick Eleini on Tuesday.

He described her to 1News on Monday as a “great, fun girl” who was popular with locals and loved the culture.

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Eleini provided the following statement to media:

“Earlier today my family was sadly informed that the body of my sister Angela has been found."

"Angela who is 50 had been living with her husband James in Tonga since getting married.

"During their time in Tonga they had become well loved by both locals and expats alike.

"James who is a highly skilled tattooist had started a tattoo shop called the Happy Sailor. He employed local Tongans and had taught them the skills needed to become tattooists.

"Angela has always had a deep love of dogs and so started an animal welfare charity called TAWS (Tonga Animal Welfare Society). It’s aim was to provide shelter and rehabilitation to stray dogs before trying to find homes for them.

"I understand that this terrible accident came about as they tried to rescue their dogs.

"Angela and James loved their life in Tonga and adored the Tongan people. In particular they loved the Tongan love of family and Tongan culture.

"From a little girl it was always Angela's dream to swim with whales and it was Tonga that give her the opportunity that allowed her to fulfil these dreams.

"As you can imagine her family is devastated and we would respectfully request that we be given privacy to grieve.“

The couple moved from the UK to Tonga in 2015, where Angela started the TAWS animal rescue while James teaches tattoo art.