It was supposed to be the honeymoon of their dreams. On Monday, it became a nightmare.
Matthew Urey was touring White Island's volcano with his new wife Lauren when it erupted with little warning.
In a voicemail left for his mother Janet Urey and provided to CNN, Urey said he had made it off the island alive but been "pretty badly burned."
"We're at the hospital in New Zealand so I just wanted to let you know, if you don't hear from me, we're fine. But my hands are burned so I can't use my phone," he said in the voicemail.
"I don't know how long I'll be here but I'll try and keep you updated."
The pair were honeymooning on the Ovation of the Seas cruise liner after getting married on October 18.
Urey was one of nine US tourists believed to be on the island when the volcano erupted. Police have said that everyone who was evacuated suffered some degree of injuries.
Speaking to CNN's Anderson Cooper, Janet Urey said her heart "just stopped" when she heard the voicemail from her son.
"(But) there's people who did not have that luxury of knowing that their loved one got off of the island, so I count my blessings for that," she said.
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