British woman dies trying to save her animals in Tonga

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A plume rises over Tonga after the underwater volcano Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai erupted in this satellite image taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite operated by Japan Meteorological Agency on January 15, 2022, credit: NOAA/SSEC/CIMSS via Reuters

The body of the 50-year-old British Angela Glover, who ran the Tonga Animal Welfare Society, has been found, her brother Nick Eleini said in a statement on Tuesday.

Glover was swept away by a devastating tsunami that struck Tonga while trying to save her dogs. After the massive underwater eruption of the volcano Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai near Tonga on Friday, countries around the volcano were hit by tsunamis.

James Glover reported that his wife was missing after the tsunami hit Tonga. “Earlier today, my family was sadly informed that the body of my sister Angela has been found,” Eleini said.

James and Angela Glover were washed away when the tsunami hit, Eleini told British newspaper The Guardian: “I understand that this terrible accident came about as they tried to rescue their dogs.”

“James was able to cling on to a tree for quite a long time, but Angela was unable to do so and was washed away with the dogs,” he said. His sister started the Tonga Animal Welfare Society (TAWS) to help the island’s stray dogs, Eleini added.

Eleini told news agency AFP that James managed to deliver the news to the family by using a satellite phone. An internet cable was damaged during the volcanic eruption, which made communication with Tonga, where around 100,00 people live, difficult.

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