Tonga tsunami – Brit last seen clinging to rocks is 'missing' after being swept away from husband by wall of water

FEARS were mounting last night for a British animal charity worker said to be missing after the Tongan tsunami.

Angela Glover, 50, was parted from husband James when a wall of water poured through their coastal home.

Anxious relatives appealed for help in tracing the ­former TV advertising producer, who was last seen clinging to floating debris.

Her brother Nick Eleini, who lives in Sydney, pleaded on Facebook: “URGENT URGENT!! If anyone has Angela’s address please can you DM me or phone me.”

He later said he fears the worst and that it’s now a case of “body retrieval” rather than 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.”

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.”

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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.”

Earlier Angela, who moved from London to Veitongo five years ago, posted a pic online and wrote: “This is the sunset today after the volcano exploded last night.

“We’ve been under tsunami warnings today. Everything’s fine.”

The Foreign Office yesterday confirmed it was helping a number of Brits following the massive undersea volcanic eruption.

The effects of the blast, captured by satellite, were felt as far away as California where waves swept inland, causing floods.

Power was out across Tonga as officials worked to assess casualty figures and damage.

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern said contact had still not been established with coastal areas beyond the capital, Nuku’alofa, which was “covered in thick plumes of volcanic dust”.

Foreign Office minister Lord Tariq Ahmad, meanwhile, tweeted: “The UK stands ready to help and support our Tongan friends.”

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Smoking Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano on Jan 7Credit: AP
The centre of the volcanic island vanished in the eruptionCredit: AP
The eruption of an underwater volcano off Tonga, which triggered a tsunami warningCredit: Rex
Dramatic official aerial maps showed the eruption cloud over Tonga
This satellite image of the eruption taken by a Japanese weather satelliteCredit: AP
A satellite image shows a plume rise over Tonga when the underwater volcano eruptedCredit: Reuters
The effects of the Tongan blast were felt as far away as the USA
Horror moment giant volcano eruption is seen from SPACE sparking tsunami

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