White Island survivor Stephanie Browitt pens tribute to her father one year on

A White Island survivor has marked the one year anniversary of her father's death with a tear-jerking tribute after he succumbed to his injuries in ICU four weeks after the New Zealand volcano disaster.

Stephanie Browitt, 24, was touring the island with her 21-year-old sister Krystal and their father Paul when the volcano erupted on December 9, 2019.

She survived with third-degree burns to 70 per cent of her body and lost parts of her fingers but her father and sister were among the 22 people killed in the blast.

Paul survived four weeks after the explosion but lost his battle in hospital. Stephanie said her father's death nearly 'broke' her.

Stephanie Browitt (right), 24, was touring the island with her 21-year-old sister Krystal and their father Paul (left) when it erupted off the coast of New Zealand on December 9, 2019

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Stephanie Browitt (right), 24, was touring the island with her 21-year-old sister Krystal and their father Paul (left) when it erupted off the coast of New Zealand on December 9, 2019

Stephanie marked the one year anniversary of her father's death in a post to Instagram on Monday. Paul is pictured playing golf

Stephanie marked the one year anniversary of her father's death in a post to Instagram on Monday. Paul is pictured playing golf  

Marie Browitt (left with her family) was the only member of the family to stay on the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship when the tragedy struck

Marie Browitt (left with her family) was the only member of the family to stay on the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship when the tragedy struck

'Today marks 12 months since we had to let you go dad,' Stephanie wrote to Instagram on Monday. 

'It was another blow on top of blow on top of blow. 

'Mum and I had already and were still going through so much, already grieving for beautiful Krystal. 

'I hated that I knew you were so close to me, yet still so far from me. You were right next door to me in ICU, yet I couldn't walk to your room and visit you.'

Stephanie said she 'wanted to give up on everything' when she was told her father did not make it.

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The 24-year-old said she was 'stupid and naive' to think he was in the clear just because he made it to hospital. 

The Instagram post included a photo of her dad playing golf and a snap of him posing out the front of a dessert cafe (pictured)

Paul and his daughters are seen on a water ride at Dreamworld

Paul survived four weeks after the explosion but lost his battle in hospital. The Instagram post included a snap of Paul posing out the front of a dessert cafe (left) and an action shot from a water ride at Dreamworld (right)

Stephanie (pictured) suffered third degree burns to 70 per cent of her body and lost a number of her fingers

Stephanie (pictured) suffered third degree burns

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