Tourists killed by Mayon volcano eruption identified

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Earlier reports carry sad news of tourists who were killed and injured during the May 7, 2013 eruption of the famous Mayon volcano. This time they were identified and procedure are being undertaken for the proper disposal by helicopters of the dead and wounded. Tourists are advised to follows rules governing tourist spots and to consult authorities for their safety.

List of killed tourists

Following is a list of the unfortunate victims who died following the Tuesday, May 7, 2013 eruption of Mt. Mayon Volcano in Legaspi City, Albay, Philippines:

  1. Rolan Tietze (German)
  2. Furian Stelter (German)
  3. Joanne Edosa (German)
  4. Fara Frances (Spaniard)
  5. Jerome Berin (Filipino, one of tour guides)

Three Philippine Air Force choppers, (1 rescue chopper with hoist from 505 and 2 Hueys from SOLCOM), pick up the remains of the mountaineer-tourists at Mt. Mayon’s Camp 2 past 6 a.m. today.
The dead bodies were flown to the Air Force base before taking them to an accredited funeral parlor
The hikers were mostly foreign nationals who wanted to see and feel the beauty and grandeur of this almost perfect-coned volcano.
Albay Governor Joey Salceda said the victims were 2,000 feet away from the volcano crater when smoldering boulders and hot ashes spewed by the angry volcano rained and hit them. The phenomenal activity of the volcano was called “steam explosion” or “phreatic event.”
An Austrian survivor said he saw the dead bodies on his way down the volcano. He added 27 climbers were ascending the volcano when it spewed rocks and ashes, injuring 12 of them; 10 unhurt
A Thai national who remains missing was found with injuries, but now in stable condition
for transport to the nearest hospital.

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Interesting facts about Mayon Volcano

Mayon, about 330 kilometers southeast of Manila, has erupted dozens of times in recorded history.
Mayon’s most violent eruption, in 1814, killed more than 1200 people and devastated several towns.
Advisory: PHIVOLCS still maintains Alert Level 0 over Mayon volcano, which means that no magmatic eruption is imminent. However, PHIVOLCS advises caution as small phreatic eruptions including small steam and ash explosions may occur suddenly with little or no warning. The public is strongly reminded of refraining from entry into the 6-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) due to the perennial threat of sudden steam-driven eruptions and rockfalls from the upper and middle slopes of the volcano.
Eldy Ocenar Catindoy, Philippines
Mountain of heaven,
Fountain of enormity
A gift of nature,
Sometimes precarious
When losing restraint.
Yet beauty of scenery
Come to life of people
A toppled ice cream funnel
THe most perfect cone
Sightseers' magnetism.
A colossal volcano
Inflated amidst the country
One of the most full of life
With an enthralling beauty.

Plane rescue effort during May 7, 2013 Mayon Volcano eruption

5 Bodies Recovered from slopes of Mount Mayon
Philippine disaster officials say the bodies of four Europeans and their Filipino guide who were killed by rocks in a volcanic eruption early this week have been brought down from Mount Mayon.
Albay provincial disaster officer Jukes Nunez says soldiers in a helicopter on Thursday carried the body of Filipino Jerome Berin, followed by the remains of the four Europeans. A tour company has identified the three Germans as Joanne Edosa, Roland Tietze and Jurian Stelter. Stelter's Spanish girlfriend, Sara Frances Nicolay, also died, her cousin Juan Felix Castillo told reporters in her hometown of Peralta, Spain.
A Thai man with a broken arm and burns is the last remaining casualty still waiting to be evacuated.
21 climbers and guides were on Mayon when it erupted Tuesday, 9 were injured

  • Retrieval by helicopter of 5 bodies victims of May 7, 2013 Mayon Volcano eruption
  • helicopter retrieval and rescue operation of Mayon Volcano Eruption May 7
  • Interesting facts about Mayon Volcano
  • 5 bodies recovered from Mayon Volcano Eruption site

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