On Sunday, February 17, 2019, Church spokesperson Daniel Woodruff made the following announcement:
"Four missionaries serving in the Vanuatu Port Vila Mission were involved in a serious collision with another vehicle Saturday on the island of New Caledonia. The missionaries involved are Elder Jacob Hable from Jakarta, Indonesia; Elder Jérémie Champoux from Drummondville, Canada; Elder Gordon Kimball from Bluffdale, Utah; and Elder Atepa Temaiana from Mo’orea, French Polynesia. All four missionaries sustained injuries but are expected to recover. The second vehicle involved was carrying four people, at least one of whom tragically passed away as a result of the collision. We invite people of faith everywhere to pray for all those involved in this accident, particularly for the family and loved ones of the individual who passed away."