Brit charity worker tells of ‘eerie silence’ in haunting last pic before she's swept to her death by Tonga tsunamiJanuary 27, 2022
A HAUNTING last photograph was posted by a British woman swept to her death alongside her dogs in a deadly tsunami that struck Tonga.
Angela Glover, 50, wrote of an “eerie silence” before the 4ft waves poured through the coastal home where she was staying with her husband James.
He was able to cling to a tree but Angela – who ran a dog sanctuary – was swept out to sea with up to five of her dogs.
She was last seen clinging to floating debris with the animals as a huge swell of water rushed back out to sea and has not been seen since.
But her heartbroken brother confirmed today that Angela's body had been found as her family paid tribute to the animal charity worker.
Her brother Nick Eleini has now confirmed her body has been found and said the family was "devastated" by Angela's death.
"I understand that this terrible accident came about as they tried to rescue their dogs," he told Sky News.
"As you can imagine, her family is devastated and we respectfully request that we are given privacy to grieve."
Just hours earlier she posted a picture of an ominous red sunset over Tonga in the wake of the volcanic eruption that led to the tsunami.
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“We’ve been under tsunami warnings today…everything’s fine… a few swells ….a few eerie silences,” she wrote.
With power to the Pacific islands cut, officials were still trying to assess the casualty figures and the damage caused by the tsunami.
Sources said her tattoo artist husband James was left distraught when a huge wall of water swept through the property where they were staying, about 100 yards from the shore.
Earlier Sydney-based Nick said hopes were fading of finding her alive.
“But I am hoping, it’s all I can do,” he told New Zealand’s 1News
“James was able to hold on to a tree for quite some period of time.
“I don’t know if Angela was swept away immediately or whether she was swept away afterwards.”
A tearful Nick paid tribute to his sister saying "we just adored her".
He described his sister as “great, fun girl” who was popular with locals and loved the culture.
“She really embraced it, she loved the Tongans, she just thought they were wonderful people. She really grew into the Tonga way of life.”
Nick told The Guardian his sister had been washed away with four or five dogs who she was walking at the time.
Her and her husband housesitting a home on the west coast of the island when the tsunami struck.
“One of the dogs has been found, but Angela hasn’t been found,” he said.
“It’s excruciating. I can’t even believe the words are coming out of my mouth, to be honest.”
Angela started a new life in Veitongo, Tonga five years ago after she quit a high-powered career as a TV advertising producer.
She quit the rat race to help run the Happy Sailor Tattoo parlour with her husband while running her animal aide venture in a paradise setting.
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