White Island eruption: Teen survivor watches family's funeral from Sydney hospital

A teen survivor of the White Island eruption has watched his family's funeral service from a screen on Monday as he remains in Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital. 

Jesse Langford, 19, survived the December 9 eruption which killed 17 people, including his 46-year-old mother Kristine, 51-year-old father Anthony and 17-year-old sister Winona.

Hundreds of people attended the joint funeral service for the three Langfords at Marist College North Shore Auditorium in north Sydney on Monday. Jesse watched from a live feed in the hospital's burns unit. 

A message was reportedly read out on Jesse's behalf at the service, paying tribute to the special bond he had with his parents and sister.

According to 7 News, a memorial booklet described the deceased family members as "wonderful".

"They will be greatly missed by all who knew them," it read.

The memorial booklet at Monday's funeral service.
The memorial booklet at Monday's funeral service. Photo credit: AAP

Winona's body has not been recovered. Local tour guide Hayden Marshall-Inman also has not been retrieved from the island, with police suspending the search for the missing victims last week. 

The bodies of Winona Langford, 17, and Hayden Marshall-Inman, 40, have not yet been recovered.
The bodies of Winona Langford, 17, and Hayden Marshall-Inman, 40, have not yet been recovered. Photo credit: Facebook

The 17-year-old was "very keen to have a career in special effects makeup and attended TAFE once a week for training", according to the booklet.

"She was a member of the [Willoughby Girls High] school band and played the flute, taking huge delight when the band toured the USA in 2016."

Kristine was remembered as a "very active person" whose family and friends "meant everything" to her.

The service paid tribute to Anthony's "diligence and work ethic", describing him as a family man who loved boating and travelling.

Kristine and Anthony Langford.
Kristine and Anthony Langford. Photo credit: Facebook

The Langford family had been travelling on the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship in celebration of Anthony's birthday when they joined the volcano tour. 

The death toll from the disaster currently stands at 17 following the death of a victim in Auckland's Middlemore Hospital on December 22. 

Forty-seven people, including 24 Australian citizens and four permanent residents, were on the volcano when it erupted at 2:11pm on Monday, December 9.