British Woman who Founded Animal Rescue Shelter in Britain Dies Trying to Save Her Dogs from Tonga Tsunami


According to a relative, a British woman dedicated to animal welfare was caught in a tsunami that hit Tonga, South Pacific Island. She was trying to save her dogs from the tsunami.

Angela Glover, 50, had disappeared on Saturday afternoon after the eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai undersea volcano hit followed by a tsunami, which saw 1.2-meter waves.

Glover’s brother Nick Eleini shared the story The Guardian that this sister was swept away from the beach along with her husband, James, and four or five of the couple’s dogs by the tsunami.

“Angela and her husband, James, got washed away. James was able to cling on to a tree for quite a long time, but Angela was unable to do so and was washed away with the dogs, I think four or five dogs,” Eleini said.

He said his sister and James were housesitting a house on the west coast of the island before the catastrophe.

“James went back to their proper house on the south coast of the island, but Angela didn’t turn up. James contacted the police and the British embassy there, where he was able to notify us of what happened,” Glover’s brother said.

Her body was recovered after Glover’s husband, organized a search. 

Eleini said the family is “shocked”Unexpected losses can lead to the BBC reported

“Angela was the heart and soul of our family. She was also the emotional heart of our families.” he said. “She will be missed by me and I will always think about her until my last breath. My mother is broken right now, she is absolutely devastated.”

He described his sister as “beautiful” and a “ray of sunshine.” A person who “loved people,” and “loved animals.”

“Angela and James loved their life in Tonga and adored the Tongan people, in particular the Tongan love of family and the Tongan culture,” Eleini said. 

Angela, who hails from Brighton in the United Kingdom, had moved to Tonga when she got married in 2015. Her husband opened up a tattoo parlor and she founded the charity TAWS — Tonga Animal Welfare Society, Glover’s brother said.

Eleini spoke of his sister’s devotion to the animals and explained that she would rehabilitate them. He said, “The more a dog is abused, the more she loves it.” 

Before moving to Tonga, Eleini said Glover worked in London in the advertising industry. She moved to the island in 2015 after she got married. He said she was “well-loved by the locals and ex-pats alike.”

“She loved her life there,” Eleini said.

Since the tsunami, the devastation has caused major damage to the undersea communications cable, the key to Tonga’s communications network, which has made it nearly impossible for families to reach out to their loved ones, The Guardian reported. 

BBC reported that Glover was the only confirmed casualty.