CM – Tragedy in Whakaari / White Island: Australian mother and daughter sue cruise ship – NZ Herald

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An aerial view of Whakaari / White Island shortly after the fatal volcanic eruption on December 9, 2019. Photo / George Novak

Federal court has allowed an Australian mother and daughter to sue a cruise line over the Whakaari / White Island tragedy that killed two of their close family members.

Marie Browitt and daughter Stephanie are suing Royal Caribbean Cruises in Florida following a court ruling from Justice Angus Stewart, 9News reports.

A total of 22 people lost their lives when the once popular tourist attraction erupted off the coast of the Bay of Plenty on December 9, 2019.

Among them Marie’s husband Paul and daughter Krystal. Stephanie survived, but was one of several seriously injured.

9News reports Judge Stewart in a verdict: « Paul, Stephanie and Krystal suffered terrible injuries from the molten ash and rocks spat from the erupting volcano. « 

Marie had chosen not to visit the island and was still on board the ship during the eruption.

The cruise line tried to oppose the Florida trial, arguing instead that the Browitts only They could sue for damages in a court in New South Wales, the state where they booked their trip, 9News reports.

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