American tourists chilling the last photo on White Island moments before they were buried in the ash volcano erupted
The last photo taken on White Island: American tourists posed for a selfie just before they were buried in volcanic ash during the assassination eruption
- Ivy Kohn Reed and Rick Reed were admitted to hospital after the tragedy on White Island
- They were buried in ash and toxic gas when the volcano erupted on December 9
- A happy photo shows the two smiling 15 minutes before the tragedy struck
A hair-raising photo emerged the moment a “dream vacation became a nightmare” for two American tourists in New Zealand.
Ivy Kohn Reed and Rick Reed were buried in volcanic ash and toxic gases when the volcano on White Island erupted on December 9.
The last photo they took before the eruption shows the two with a big smile on their faces, blissfully unaware of the tragedy that is about to unfold.
Ivy Kohn Reed shared the image on one GoFundme page to raise money for the costs of their medical bills after they have miraculously survived the disaster.
The last photo of Ivy Kohn Reed and Rick Reed before the eruption of the White Island volcano shows the two with a big smile on their faces, blissfully unaware of the tragedy that will unfold
“This is the last photo of us before our lives changed forever. About 15 minutes after this was taken, the White Island volcano erupted, buried us in hot volcanic ash and toxic gases, “she wrote.
The couple spent nearly eight weeks in a hospital in New Zealand that received critical care treatment after the outbreak.
Rick has three separate operations after burns to 30 percent of his body, including his hands, legs and face.
Rick Reed (photo, right) recovers in a hospital bed in New Zealand after getting ankle grafts
While Ivy had two operations for burns up to 20 percent of her body, including her hands, face and right leg.
The two also received skin transplants for different parts of their body.
Mrs. Kohn Reed said they are now back in the United States and thanked the support of family and friends as they continue their long road to recovery.
Rick Reed and Ivy Kohn Reed were on a boat on their way to a jetty on the island when the volcano erupted on White Island
“We have returned home! This is fortunate news that we wanted to share, but it is also scary because we figure out what we can and cannot do, “she wrote.
“The next year will be the most difficult of our lives, while we try to restore and get back as much functionality as possible.”
The couple was on tour on their way to a jetty on the island when the volcano broke out and 21 people died.