Chilling unseen footage revealed as White Island survivors share their ...

Startling unseen footage has emerged of tourists on White Island being told the risk warning level was increasing just moments before the volcano erupted. 

The explosion off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand, claimed the lives of 21 of the 47 people on the island on December 9, 2019.

Melbourne woman Stephanie Browitt, now-24, survived to tell her harrowing near-death story, but her father Paul and younger sister Krystal were among the 17 Australians killed. 

Chilling footage from Krystal's mobile phone taken shortly before the disaster shows gas bubbling from the crater as a concerned guide warned of the imminent danger.

Melbourne woman Stephanie Browitt (left), now-24, survived to tell her harrowing near-death story, but her father Paul and younger sister Krystal (right) were among the 17 Australians killed

Melbourne woman Stephanie Browitt (left), now-24, survived to tell her harrowing near-death story, but her father Paul and younger sister Krystal (right) were among the 17 Australians killed 

Chilling footage from Krystal's mobile phone taken shortly before the disaster shows gas bubbling from the crater as a concerned guide warned of the imminent danger

Chilling footage from Krystal's mobile phone taken shortly before the disaster shows gas bubbling from the crater as a concerned guide warned of the imminent danger

Pictured: Stephanie Browitt on White Island just minutes before the volcano erupted

Pictured: Stephanie Browitt on White Island just minutes before the volcano erupted

'The higher the level, the more risk of there is of an eruption,' the tour guide explained.

'Level Three is an eruption. So we are on Level Two nearing Level Three right now.' 

Ms Browitt recalled island visitors being informed the crater walk would be cut short, which immediately raised concerns.

'I was very wary and cautious as soon as they mentioned it was a Level Two. I didn't fully comprehend it as I don't know much about volcanoes in general,' she told 60 Minutes.

'But when he said that we had to walk a bit quicker than usual I was thinking, "Oh, that's a little weird".'

Krystal's phone also captures her final moments alive as the volcano erupted as a man's voice could be heard yelling 'run'.

'That's when we realised ... [and I made] a split-second decision to just bolt,' Ms Browitt recalled. 

'It was just rolling me over, the force was just that strong, that my whole body was being shoved and pushed and rolled onto the ground.

Krystal's phone also captures her final moments alive as the volcano erupted as a man's voice could be heard yelling 'run'. Pictured: Krystal and Stephanie posing for a photo before the eruption

Krystal's phone also captures her final moments alive as the volcano erupted as a man's voice could be heard yelling 'run'. Pictured: Krystal and Stephanie posing for a photo before the eruption

Ms Browitt believes she wouldn't be alive today if it wasn't for hero helicopter pilots Jason Hill and Tom Storey (pictured) who rushed to the island following the eruption

Ms Browitt believes she wouldn't be alive today if it wasn't for hero helicopter pilots Jason Hill and Tom Storey (pictured) who rushed to the island following the eruption

'I thought I was going to die.

'The ground was burning hot. And I could tell I was burnt really badly. I could see my hand and I could see nails hanging off and skin loose.'

Ms Browitt said she was angry they weren't informed by the cruise ship or the tour operators of the dangers prior to arriving on the island.

'It really hurts and upsets me and frustrates me that we weren't told,' she said. 

'It's a major factor in making an informed decision about going on the island and visiting it. And it's just such a huge piece of information to be left out.' 

Ms Browitt, 24, has since undergone 20 operations after she suffered third degree burns to 70 per cent of her body and lost parts of her finger in the eruption. 

She believes she wouldn't be alive today if it wasn't for hero helicopter pilots Jason Hill and Tom Storey who rushed to the island following the eruption.

Ms Browitt, 24, has since undergone 20 operations after she suffered third degree burns to 70 per cent of her body and lost parts of her finger in the eruption

Ms Browitt, 24, has since undergone 20 operations after she suffered third degree burns to 70 per cent of her body and lost parts of her finger in the eruption

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The pilots were then told medical help wouldn't be arriving as the island was

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